May 30, 2012
States Try to Improve Community Living
A proposal worth multi-billion dollars has failed to move senior citizens and people with physical/mental challenges from mental institutions into community-living services. Many states have fallen behind in their efforts to gather supports for low-income housing and other programs. This downfall began in 2007 during the George W. Bush years.States wanted to place over 35,000+ people in community-living circumstances. Currently, as of March 31, 22,000+ are on Medicaid. This is 36% below the initial desire.
In California, only 827 people have made the transition from mental facilities to community-living. This is despite the fact that the state was granted $41 million. Some states found it especially hard to move senior citizens.“We’re not doing a good job of it here,” said Deborah Doctor, legislative advocate for Disability Rights California. “It’s pathetic.”