Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Daughter's Move To Community Is A Success Story
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 17, 2003

WETUMPKA, ALABAMA--Wednesday's Birmingham News ran two stories on the state's efforts to close institutions. One is a story of a woman whose mother says has a better life now that she has moved out of an Alabama institution, and the other is an article outlining the views of advocates on both sides of the issue.

Betsy Walker had been "dead set" on keeping her 28-year-old daughter, Karen, at J.S Tarwater Developmental Center.

"It took a lot of convincing. I was afraid," Betsy said.

"Karen smiles more now, and I believe she is happier."

Two thousand families in Alabama are on a waiting list for community-based services for family members with mental retardation.

At the same time, the state is paying millions of dollars to house 368 people in costly, state-run institutions.

For that reason, and because of state and federal lawsuits over the years, Mental Health Commissioner Kathy Sawyer is proposing that the state close three of its four institutions housing people with mental retardation and move them into the remaining facility or into the community.

According to the University of Colorado's annual State of the State in Developmental Disabilities, Alabama ranked 47th of the 50 states in overall spending for people with developmental disabilities during the 2002 fiscal year, and 46th in spending on community-based services.

Related:
State of the State in Developmental Disabilities (University of Colorado)
http://www.cusys.edu/ColemanInstitute/stateofthestates/home.htm

---

©2016 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email: admin.dd@state.mn.us   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.