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Posted by: deanna Date: January 17, 2001 at 07:57:26
In Reply to: Re: WHERE IS Rome N.Y. IN ONEIDA CO.? by Kathy Last of 2271

The Rome State School was also more recently called Rome Developmental Center, I think, or else that was the organization that absorbed the previous clients of the State School. Actually, there are two prisons on the former land occupied by the Rome State School which also operated "farms" in the area for a long time.

The clients of Rome State School were evaluated and placed in accordance with their abilities, I think, some at State Psychiatric Centers, some as outpatients to various clinics, or released, or as chronic medical hospital patients, and some in small residential homes with 24 hour attendants. I think some of these services are operated by the Rome DDSO, now and has many employees formerly from the Rome Developmental Center or Rome State School. I cannot find a phone number in the book for Rome Developmental anymore, its services may have been absorbed by the Rome DDSO (not sure what the letters stand for, but it is a county and state funded or run developmental assistance organization that for one thing co-ordinates services to developmentally disabled of various sorts, physical, mental and emotional). The Rome DDSO might have records of the former State School and other information about it or information on where you could find more.

The Rome State School was supposedly for the mentally disabled, however, in earlier times it often also housed orphans with no families who could not be placed anywhere else, and the physically disabled or behaviorially challenged, who may have been diagnosed or not, and whether they really had any actual mental disability or not. Many physically disabled children were sent there through lack of understanding of their ailments and behavior or inadequate caretaking elsewhere. Such as undiagnosed hearing impairment, which is the case of a particular lady I knew once. She was orphaned young, and as no one recognized she was hearing impaired, she was thought to be mentally impaired, and was sent there because there was no place else. She grew up at that State School, but left as an adult.

So, hope that helps you find something you are looking for.

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