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The general topic of this message is Children/Families:
Hold Hearings on Deinstitutionalization Impact, Support Reform
Lt. Governor Tim Griffin
Sen. John Boozman
March 13, 2013
My family member with intellectual developmental disabilities (I/DD) receives highly specialized, high quality care in a Medicaid-licensed residential home. As a family member and legal guardian, I know my loved one's care needs better than anyone.
Yet, some federally-funded agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Council on Disability (NCD), and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) programs (such as Protection & Advocacy and DD Councils), are spending considerable federal funding on lawsuits, publications and advocacy to evict my family member from her home. These activities in support of deinstitutionalization violate my family members' rights, Congressional intent and federal law in support of residential choice based on individual needs.
Please support Congressional hearings to investigate federal DOJ, AIDD, and NCD actions which place my family member and all people with I/DD at great risk. Predictable tragedies are well-documented. Reform is needed.
Please see VOR's letter with this call to action: http://vor.net/images/CongressCover2013....
Maumelle , AR