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PEF Home Strong campaign keeps Tony Otto in his home

It was a victory for Tony Otto and his family.

News came June 11 that a ruling in Otto’s favor will allow him to stay in the certified residence facility where he has lived for the past 25 years — denying the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) plan to move him to a nursing home.

Citing an inability to support Otto’s nursing needs as the reason for the move, OPWDD sought to make the switch against his family’s wishes. Otto’s mother, Barbara Destito, and stepfather, John Destito, both former state employees, reached out to PEF for support.

PEF rose to the challenge and the Home Strong rally cry rose up around Otto. The community, family, friends, PEF leaders and members came out in support of Otto and his right to remain in his community and his longtime home. (Read about the rally in May here.)

OPWDD has two weeks to file an appeal of the recent decision. (Check back here or on Facebook for more information as it becomes available.)

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