Message From CEO

March 6, 2019

Dear Friends,

It is with great regret that we announce the difficult decision to begin winding down Maryhaven’s Residential School Program at the end of the current school year.

Although we take this action reluctantly, we are committed to keeping the program operational until suitable placements are found for every one of our 71 residents. We anticipate that the program will remain operational through the 2019-20 school year.

This action is the result of insurmountable challenges, including an aging facility and long-standing deficiencies in reimbursement. In 2018, the Residential School Program experienced a $1.7 million operating loss and continues to operate at a loss. In addition, the residential facility, built in the 1930s, is estimated to require in excess of $10 million in renovations.

We are heartbroken that we must begin to wind down this important program that we have been running for more than 50 years. But this action is the only fiscally responsible option to secure a strong and vital future for Maryhaven’s other programs which serve over 1,500 people with special needs

For those students under the age of 21, we will work with their school district of origin to find a new placement. Students over the age of 21, will be eligible for adult placement through the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities; some of these students may be able to transfer to other adult programs within Maryhaven.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our staff. We are here to support our students and their families through this transition.

On behalf of Maryhaven’s administration and our wonderful staff, I want to thank you for your continued support.

 

Lewis Grossman

President and CEO

 

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