Monday, May 14, 2012

Wichita Eagle on Kansas Waiting List Case

See this editorial, which begins:

Gov. Sam Brownback is correct in noting that he inherited a long waiting list for social services. But as advocates for individuals with physical disabilities point out, he is overstating his administration’s efforts to solve the problem. 
The fact is that Brownback deliberately chose not to use available resources to reduce the waiting list, preferring instead to cut taxes. 
More than 3,400 Kansans with physical disabilities are on a waiting list for home- and community-based services. Many have been on the list for more than two years. This appears to be a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and court decisions including the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead case, which ruled that a disabled person has a right to live in the “least restrictive environment.”

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