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Are Adult Homes Spending Enough On Food?
August 4, 2004

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA--Staff with the Richmond Time-Dispatch recently examined a state cost report related to group homes for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

The paper came to the conclusion that people living in five local state-funded programs are being fed on less than $2.00 a day. The average Richmond-area program feeds its residents on just $3.59 per day, they determined.

Service providers appear to differ with state and local regulators over whether enough money is being spent on food to keep an adult healthy.

"I don't see how a facility can possibly meet the nutrition standards on less than $2 a day per person," said Beth Rafferty, director of mental-health services for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. "What you are reporting is a big concern for us."

One adult home provider said of her residents, "They have more than enough" food.

"They're getting enough, that's one thing you can say," said another.

"We do a lot of shopping at Sam's Club," said a third. "We buy a lot of stuff in big bulk quantities."

Feeding residents on the cheap? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


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