Special Needs Advocates Banking On Economy As Motive To Close Institutions
Tight state budgets could be a boon for disability advocates who say that funding concerns could pressure lawmakers to close costly institutions in favor of community living options.
In Texas, where large facilities for people with disabilities have long been under pressure from the Justice Department to improve living conditions, advocates say they hope budget concerns will sway legislators to shutter at least some institutions.
Traditionally, the biggest opponents of closure have been family members of those living in the facilities, known as state schools, who argue that their loved ones need the care that a large institution offers. Legislators from districts where the facilities provide jobs are also often averse to change.
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But as lawmakers face a budget shortfall estimated to be between $18 and $25 billion, advocates say they are hopeful that cheaper community living options will prevail, reports The Texas Tribune. To read more click here.