Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Study Shows More Disabled Kids Sent Out of State

See this AP dispatch by that title.  It begins:
An advocacy group for people with disabilities is calling on North Carolina officials to better care for children who have both a mental illness and developmental disability, hundreds of whom have been sent to live in facilities outside the state because of a lack of adequate resources closer to home. 

A study released Wednesday by Disability Rights North Carolina says the state is failing children with a "dual diagnosis," such as having both autism and bipolar disorder. 
A lack of available mental health services in the state is leading to waits in hospital emergency rooms that can last days. Hundreds of North Carolina children have been sent to out-of-state residential treatment facilities hours away from their families.

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