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peoplepersonpal



Joined: 12 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:26 am    Post subject: Group home proposed to replace waiver Reply with quote

I have an agency who has proposed to the state to open a new group home to take the place of a waiver home. This is really sad that this agency is trying to go back to clustering people together to make a little more money. Previously, when proposals were made to put together 3 people in a waiver home the response from the agency had always been "That is too much like a group home." Now with the Annual Plan being implemented, they are talking out of the other side of their mouths. I am planning to strongly advocate for my people against this move. It is definitely not in their best interest!
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IndParent



Joined: 24 Oct 2005
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Location: Evansville

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a horrible, regressive proposal! When Indiana adopted the waiver program, one of the intents was to facilitate de-institutionalization. From my perspective, group homes are simply mini-institutions--will the next step be the reopening of the large state facilities for the disabled? By 2050, will Indiana look like 1950 all over again?

The state does seem to have a renewed interest in the economies of warehousing people. The new administration is apparently not aware of the abuses of the past, nor are they thinking of our families as they do their own. Would they want to see their own loved one in an institution, just because the state might save a buck?
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Shallandersen



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Location: Ft Wayne

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: Group home usage Reply with quote

I have a young woman who lives in a foster home but will age out( she'll be 19 in Feb) Last year her sister aged out and received waiver services. But the story is not the same for her younger sister. When she ages out in feb from dept of family and children's services, She must look at a group home setting first ( state says) This young woman, like her sister is still in high school. She is used to a home setting with family. She is active in her church. She knows her community and is used to traveling about like a family member that goes separate places at different times. She does not belong in a group home where one must travel together and only when the travel has been planned as an outing. Mitch Roob and Mitch Daniels are placing more emphasis in budget cuts, and dollars and cents than in lives. I agree that we were in poor shape financially with the prior administration; however, The state administrators need to find a balance between dollars and our children's lives. This young woman needs training and nurturing and she will be a competitive employee someday paying taxes IF she's allowed to grow and develop BUT it won't happen in a group home!
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Nancy Swaim



Joined: 26 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:58 am    Post subject: group home proposed to replace waiver Reply with quote

We are hearing about this too. Providers are moving people together with no input from the person or from the case manager. Often these matches are resulting in a follow-up request for more hours (oops, higher daily rate) because folks just don't naturally fall into close friendships because they live together.

Even though we have so called supported living we still have a system that has no comprehension of the underlying principles that make supported living possible and cost effective.

Maybe we need to go beyond Much Concerned's suggestion of a parent group and develop a group that is for and about preserving the idea that people belong in their community and in their own home.
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