MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – Two New York counties are pulling their residents from a Pennsylvania facility for disabled teens and young adults after the deaths of two clients there in 10 months.
Officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties say they acted after the July death of 20-year-old Bryan Nevins of Oceanside, N.Y.
Nevins has severe autism. He died after being left inside an overheated van for several hours by counselors at Woods Services, in Langhorne, Pa.
The two counties had at least 11 residents at the facility.
In October, another Long Island resident died after he walked away from the facility and fell from an overpass into traffic.
This month, another counselor at Woods Services was arrested and charged with selling cocaine out of the company’s parking lot.
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