Monday, February 21, 2011

Justice Dept. Warning to Va. No Surprise

A warning from the Justice Department that Virginia faces a lawsuit if it doesn't improve the way it cares for people with intellectual disabilities triggered a flurry of activity this past week, but there shouldn't have been any measure of surprise: Lawmakers and governors have been told about the problems in the system for almost 50 years.
"Those of us who have been in the field for a long time were applauding" when the Department of Justice report came out, said Chuck Hall, executive director of the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board. "That is just the latest in a series of reports going back to 1963 that say we have to change the way we allocate funding."

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