End To Out-Of-State Placements Puts Families In Tough Spot
Crossing state lines to attend adult day programs will soon be a no-no for Nebraska residents with disabilities, a move that’s not sitting well with many families.
For years, nearly two dozen residents who live in the border cities of South Sioux City and Bloomfield, Neb. have crossed into Iowa and South Dakota for daily programs paid for by tax dollars. But state officials say the practice must end this month because they are not able to oversee the out-of-state programs.
Oversight is required for the state to qualify for certain federal funds. As long as state residents attend programs in other jurisdictions, Nebraska loses out on roughly $400,000 annually in federal money, according to officials.
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Replacement programs are supposed to be established for the Nebraska residents to attend in state, but it is unclear when those alternate plans will be in place.
Meanwhile, families say it’s unfair to uproot their adult children from programs where they’ve been successful, citing the fact that the state continues to send children with disabilities to out-of-state placements, reports the Omaha World-Herald. To read more click here.