On Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, an extremely inaccurate report was issued by DRNY, a non-government, non-regulated disability rights organization in New York, which is seeking to advance its own agenda of shutting down residential treatment programs like Woods. We categorically reject the report, which is filled with allegations that are untrue, exaggerated, missing critical facts, and defamatory. The reality is that for individuals who have highly complex behavioral and intellectual disabilities, are highly aggressive or prone to self injury, and/or are medically fragile, the structure and depth of the on-site resources, expertise and individualized programs that are the hallmarks of nationally recognized programs like Woods are exactly what these individuals need to experience the joy of success and their own levels of independence.
The DRNY report stands in sharp contrast to the feedback of the individuals we serve and their families and to the approximately 60 inspections that are conducted here annually by licensing agencies, funders and regulatory partners for which we consistently meet or exceed requirements. In fact, of DRNY’s 34 “Proposed Immediate Actions,” 91% of them are part of our existing standard operating procedures either in whole or in part.
To see the Woods response, which includes a point-by-point rebuttal of the DRNY report, please click here: