ADAPT Announces 10 Best and Worst States for Community Services
Washington, D.C.--- In the plaza of the Hall of the States, ADAPT
announced the 2008 Ten Best and Ten Worst States in the delivery of home
and community services to people with disabilities and older Americans.
The Hall of States building is home to the National Governors Association,
an organization that has been very vocal in recent years about the
preference of community services over nursing homes and other
institutions, yet has not been able to inspire its own members to improve
their provision of those services.
Speakers representing states inB both the best and worst categories spoke
at the press conferenceB about the horrors of nursing home life and the
joys of living in the community in those states that provide good
community services. Randy Alexander from Tennessee ADAPT and LaTonya
Reeves from Colorado ADAPT also spoke of the
disability-underground-railroad that assists people in states without
community services to move to states where they can live quality lives in
their own homes with the supports and services they need.
The grouping of states into the top and bottom tenB was based on publicly
available data from highly respected researchers, supplemented by the
results of an informal survey widely distributed across the country by
ADAPT. As has so often been the case over the years, there were few
surprises. Many of the ten states doing the poorest job of providing
services that allow citizens to receive long term care in their own homes
in the community have been on the "worst" list over and over.
The states are listed alphabetically, not ranked numerically;
TEN BEST STATES
TEN WORST STATES
District of Columbia
"No state is ideal, and no state is all bad in how it provides home and
community services," said Bob Kafka, ADAPT National Organizer. "This, as
always, is simply a snapshot based on current information from the Kaiser
Commission, the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the
University of Minnesota, Thomson Healthcare, and our survey. People are
welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information."
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