Maryhaven Center of Hope of Port Jefferson Station has offered programs for people with developmental disabilities for over a half-century.

However, yearly financial loses paired with a building in need of renovations has forced the school to wind down its Resident School Program.

“It is a very difficult decision to close this important program that we have been running for more than 50 years, and we are heartbroken that we must do that,” said Maryhaven President and CEO Lewis Grossman. “But this action is the only fiscally responsible option to secure a strong and vital future for Maryhaven’s many other needed programs.”

According to Catholic Health Services (CHS), which runs the school, Maryhaven experienced a $1.7 million operating loss in 2018. And the facility, which was built in the 1930s, requires $10 million for upgrades.

Chris Hendriks, vice president of public and external affairs of CHS,  points to New York State’s policy to freeze annual Medicaid rate increases over the last several years on the school’s lack of funding.
“The State’s actions have frozen approximately 60 percent of Maryhaven’s operating rates, making it impossible to sustain the Residential School Program,” she wrote in an email.
Maryhaven Center of Hope, which looks to close by the 2019-20 school year, will not shut down until all students are placed elsewhere.
The school currently serves 71 students ranging from ages 5 to 21.

Top: Maryhaven students enjoying arts and crafts at Maryhaven Center of Hope. (Credit: Facebook