State Efforts for Disabled Draw Criticism

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FISHERSVILLE — A local advocate for people with intellectual disabilities says ideas put forth so far by state officials to improve community based services to people with intellectual disabilities fall far short of addressing problems highlighted by a federal letter of complaint.

Addressing state legislators at a forum on mental health and disabilities Monday, Glenn Slack, vice president of The Arc of Augusta, criticized ideas proposed by the state’s mental health and Medicaid departments.

State officials are working on a plan to avoid a lawsuit threatened by the U.S. Department of Justice in February over civil rights violations at Virginia’s institutions. The findings letter stated Virginia wasn’t doing enough to move people with disabilities out of institutions and criticized the state’s list of 6,000 people on waiting lists for Medicaid-funded, community-based services — called “Medicaid waivers.”

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