Monday, October 3, 2011

Christie's Cuts Create Uncertain Future for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has a national reputation as a fierce budget cutter. In the third part of a periodic series, the Asbury Park Press looks at the cuts in mental health care.
Every two weeks for 29 years, Vito and Mary Colletti have traveled 100 miles to Vineland just to spend time with their daughter.
They take Karen Lee on a drive around the region, grab a bite to eat and bring her home to the Vineland Developmental Center before ending their day with another 100-mile drive back to Middlesex County.
Those days can be long and taxing on the elderly couple, but for years the Collettis have taken comfort in knowing their daughter is happy and well cared for at the developmental center.
Gov. Chris Christie’s state budget process this year, however, shook their confidence.

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