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Monday, June 6, 2011

NYTimes: Disabled, Abused, Dead - What's Ahead In Wisconsin??

Of course this story about what has been going on in New York will never happen in Wisconsin - we hope!  It does sadly highlight a sometime problem with "state institutionalization" and "for profit institutionalization".  The drive to save money, reduce costs, or whatever you call it always ignores the victim or equivalences the care provided by family with that provided for the "state or private entity".  We need both and should prefer family care and support those willing to provide it!

The the NYTimes:  A Disabled Boy’s Death, and a System in Disarray

... Yet on a February afternoon in 2007, Jonathan, a skinny, autistic 13-year-old, was asphyxiated, slowly crushed to death in the back seat of a van by a state employee who had worked nearly 200 hours without a day off over 15 days. The employee, a ninth-grade dropout with a criminal conviction for selling marijuana, had been on duty during at least one previous episode of alleged abuse involving Jonathan.

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