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Re: “Family vs. institutional care in Arkansas

You are misinformed. There is a limit to the number of people that can be served in the HDCs and people are turned away from services in an HDC every day for lack of beds, staffing, funding, proper placements, etc. The big lie out there is that there is no waiting list for HDC services. There are people begging for these services, but are turned away on a daily basis.

As I stated before, I have never said anything against CFCO, but when you start attacking the HDC and spouting lies, I have to speak up. No one has EVER said we should close HCB settings, but as an HDC parent we have had to fight bills in the legislature, the DRC, and many other organizations to keep them from closing down the "option" of the HDC. I am not against home and community placements, just don't lie about the HDCs to make your choice better.

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Posted by HappyHomeForKim on 10/07/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Family vs. institutional care in Arkansas

I have never stated that I was against CFCO or the home/community placements. My comments were in regard to the inaccurate statements against the HDCs and the subtitle of the article stating that it is "cheaper to live in the community". All costs included, it is actually cheaper to live in an HDC, for most residents who currently live in an HDC.

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Posted by HappyHomeForKim on 10/04/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Family vs. institutional care in Arkansas

You are wrong in your statement that an HDC is not the most appropriate setting. If you don't live there, you wouldn't know. My daughter lives there. She knows! She loves her "home" and to tell her otherwise is very arrogant on your part to assume you know what is best for my daughter. You are an idiot. The total overall cost for an individual using an HDC facility is much cheaper for the TOTAL COST of care than anyone paying for housing, transportation, dental care, medical care, prescriptions, therapies, training, community outings, etc. and they get out into the community and interact with other people MUCH more than someone sitting in their own home or apartment. The HDC is a very appropriate setting for many of the residents of the HDCs. I don't think $16 per hour would cover the total cost of the care of an individual in the community setting, but it covers my daughter in the HDC. Do your research of the actual facilities and residents before making stupid comments/opinions in print!

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Posted by HappyHomeForKim on 10/03/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Family vs. institutional care in Arkansas

This article is disgusting! People in the human development centers are not "forced" into institutions. They are not there as a last resort. The resident is in their "home" (should not be called an institution), because that is the best residential "choice" for the individual. Each resident has a legal guardian and make the proper choice for that individual for the most appropriate place to live. DO NOT EVER JUDGE THE GUARDIAN FOR THEIR CHOICE. You do not know what the circumstances are for each individual and you should not judge them for their choice. Our child at the Conway HDC costs $16 per hour for 24 hour round-the-clock care (all-inclusive of housing, food, medical, therapies, clothing, community outing on a weekly basis). This article indicates that a person's total cost of care is cheaper in a community setting, but this is not true. The only way that it is cheaper is if you do not count a lot of the costs (housing, medical, transportations, clothing, etc.). These facilities are like college campuses, not the dark institutional settings you seem to indicate. This article is misleading, misguided and disgusting.

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Posted by HappyHomeForKim on 10/03/2014 at 9:17 AM


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