Friday, December 30, 2011

Gov. Brown Got it Right in 1980; Now It's Time to Correct Current Injustice

Column by Mark R. Klaus, executive director of Home of Guiding Hands, which was founded in 1961 as the Lutheran Association for Retarded Children. It currently operates 31 community-based residential homes in San Diego County for children and adults with developmental disabilities

One of the smartest things Jerry Brown did during his first eight years as governor was to adopt the federal Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) program for California. This program allows for the care of people with developmental disabilities and serious medical needs in small community-based licensed homes as opposed to large congregate settings such as the much more costly state developmental centers or in more restrictive settings such as nursing homes.

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