Thursday, March 22, 2012

News on the DOJ-Virginia Olmstead Agreement

See this AP dispatch, which begins:
Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice say their proposed settlement over the care of intellectually disabled people doesn't necessarily order the shutdown of state-run residential facilities, a move that parents and guardians of people who live in the centers fear would harm their loved ones. 
Families who oppose the agreement argue that closure is the settlement's ultimate goal because the deal requires that Virginia add more than 4,000 Medicaid-funded slots for people waiting to receive community-based services. Such a mandate makes it unlikely that Virginia could afford to operate both systems, and the agreement proposes that four of Virginia's five regional training centers close by 2020.

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