Budget Cuts May Prompt Moves To Community
June 9, 2004
MANITOWOC, WISCONSIN--Faced with budget problems, the Manitowoc County Health Care Center may soon begin moving people with developmental disabilities into homes in the community, its administrator told county officials.
Tuesday's Herald Times Reporter quoted administrator Michael Thomas as saying the 150-bed facility needs more residents that would bring in more money. The number of residents with developmental disabilities could be reduced, in part because their services are funded through Medicaid.
Manitowoc County Executive Dan Fischer explained that the state and federal government would reimburse the county for the actual costs of placing those residents into the community.
"Very soon, we will not be allowed to put more developmentally disabled into the nursing home," Fisher said. "However, now for the first time we may be able to place them into the community."
"We couldn't afford in the past to place them into the community, because of cost to (the) human services (department.) It's now an option that we will have to consider very seriously."
"Health care center mulls client changes" (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)