Disability Rights NC

Disabily Rights NC files lawsuit to push for home care

Breaking free from institutional roadblocks:

Advocates for people with disabilities are suing to force North Carolina officials to do more to keep thousands of people out of institutions. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Disability Rights North Carolina says 10,000 people are waiting for services needed to let them live outside institutions.

The group says taxpayers now house disabled people in state-operated or privately run centers costing about $150,000 a year per resident, while providing needed services outside the institutions would be less than $60,000 per year.

Even if those cost numbers were around the break-even mark, "quality of life" issues alone should propel leaders to pursue the home care model. But to save the state $90,000 per-year per-person? That seems like a no-brainer, to me. Unless somebody's profiting from the institutional model and doesn't want that gravy train derailed. Wouldn't be the first time that factor was in play, especially when you take a step back and look at the for-profit prison formula plaguing our nation.

DRNC calls on McCrory to add staff to protect prisoners

I am sure most of you are now aware that a prisoner at the prison in Taylorsville died. The cause of death could not be exact according to the medical examiner. The prisoner had a mental illness and his actions in the prison had resulted in several punitive measures including cutting off the water to his cell. He died of dehydration, and the US Dept. of Justice is now investigating his death.

Here is story from Michael Biesecker of the AP yesterday:

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