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NY settles case over housing for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers institutionalized in dormitories called "adult homes" will be given the opportunity to move into their own apartments as a result of a legal settlement.

The state, the Justice Department and several advocacy groups signed a consent decree Tuesday ending a decade of litigation over the homes, which critics have assailed as unnecessarily restrictive.

The state has agreed to assess at least 2,500 residents of 23 large adult homes in New York City to determine whether they are capable of moving into supported housing.

That's an arrangement in which people live independently in subsidized apartments, with help from visiting caseworkers.

The New York State Center for Assisted Living, which represents adult home operators, says it supports the idea of giving residents a choice in housing.

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