New report released by The National Disability Rights Network

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) released a report summarizing two community monitoring projects supported with funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD). The protection and advocacy (P&A) programs in Alabama and North Carolina tracked individuals leaving institutions and moving into the community to determine if their lives had improved, if they had new opportunities, and if they were safe. The programs found that people were generally happy and enjoyed their greater independence and freedom. However, they also found safety issues (hornets’ nest above the front door, broken wheelchair tray) that were promptly addressed by service providers. In Alabama, several individuals with medically complex needs died shortly after moving out of the Partlow state institution. The P&A worked with the state to implement more stringent transition protocols and no one has since died. The report recommends additional monitoring of community based settings by protection and advocacy programs.

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