- Daunna Minnich of Bloomington said Indiana Department of Education funding for residential treatment for her 18-year-old daughter, Sabrina, is due to run out Sunday. She said officials at Damar Services Inc. of Indianapolis told her during a meeting that unless she took Sabrina home with her, the agency would drop the teen off at a homeless shelter.
- "It's heart-wrenching as a parent to watch it. We are people and they are people," Becky Holladay said, referring to her son and others with disabilities. "They have lives that are worth something."
- Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good
Ken Kusmer, Associated Press/MSNBC
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Twenty-two year old Cameron Dunn waits in his step-father Ron Holladay's truck while Holladay goes to work in Battle Ground, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. Dunn suffers epilepsy, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. His mother Becky Holladay says that when she called Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services to ask about a Medicaid waiver to pay for services that support disabled people living independently, a bureau worker told her that leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters is one option families have if they can't be cared for at home.
Indiana's budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can't be cared for at home, parents and advocates said.
They said workers at Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services have told parents that's one option they have when families can no longer care for children at home and haven't received Medicaid waivers that pay for services that support disabled people living independently.
Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good, Neal Peirce, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA
- Facing yawning deficits, many years of tough sacrifice and reckoning lie ahead of us. But to use that as an excuse to eviscerate government functions left and right, or push down taxes just when government needs them to remain solvent, represents a strange kind of patriotism.
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