A number of avoidable deaths at a Nebraska institution for people with developmental disabilities led the state to begin moving dozens of medically fragile residents into hospitals. But family members are now questioning whether hospitals are equipped to provide the type of long-term care the residents need.

The death of an 18-year-old at the Beatrice State Developmental Center last month prompted the moves. A state report said the teen died after a series of mistakes by the center’s staff. There were also three other deaths at the center in January.

Nonetheless, many residents’ family members said they remained confident in the center’s staff, despite the deaths. They also question the decision to place residents in hospitals, where they are expected to stay for six to nine months while permanent placements are identified, reports Omaha World-Herald. To read more click here.

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