From the Board President

April 14, 2011 at 12:00 am 1 comment

Matt BarkleyVirginia recently received the findings from a US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation regarding the Commonwealth’s delivery of services for people with disabilities and its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The report found that “the Commonwealth fails to provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs in violation of the ADA.”

While language criticizing the Commonwealth for its lack of home and community based services can be found throughout the document, an even more significant quote from the report is this: “The average cost of institutionalizing a person in [a training center] is approximately $194,000 per year.

By contrast, the average cost of services to people in the community through use of a waiver averages $76,400. Virginia can serve nearly three people in the community for each person in a training center.”
This DOJ document should be heralded as a turning point in the way services are delivered in Virginia. Now is a better time than ever to organize and most of all advocate. ECNV will remain vigilant in ensuring that the DOJ’s findings are addressed, however, we can’t do it without you. Please contact ECNV today to find out what you can do to help us put an end to the institutional bias in Virginia.

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By Matt Barkley, ECNV Board President
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Spring 2011 Edition)


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  • 1. HollyRobsond  |  April 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hi – I am definitely happy to discover this. Good job!


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