Inclusion Daily Express
Monday, April 10, 2006
  Don't accept DCs offers to be "community resource"
Inclusion Daily Express

Editor's Comment: As Agnews Developmental Center inches toward closure, the executive director has announced that the facility would now be offering medical and dental services to people with developmental disabilities in the community.

I've seen situations (particularly in Wash. State) where institutions offer to provide services to folks outside the facility as a tactic to become a valued "community resource", so they can therefore can go to lawmakers and say they are "indespensible" to the community.

The best way I've found to counteract this is to refrain from using them and instead work on developing those resources in the community, even if that means training doctors and dentists in the community.

Dave Reynolds, Editor
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