Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Disabled in Illinois

I know I’m a little late to the party, but I would like to speak out on the potential closures of various facilities for the mentally ill and disabled in Illinois.

 It’s no secret that Illinois is about neck-high in financial hock thanks to a runaway train-wreck of spending and pension programs. Our lottery bounced checks a couple of weeks ago, for Christ’s sake.
 One of the ideas that has been floated by officials in Springfield has been to close some facilities that provide services to the mentally ill and disabled within the state.

According to Governor Pat Quinn, this would save the state millions of dollars. This only serves to illustrate how divorced from reality most politicians in this state are.

There has been no discussion of what you plan to do with these people, if you actually close these facilities.

 I’m assuming that you don’t think that we should just throw them in the gutter. In my opinion, you risk flooding the group homes and other twenty-four care facilities with a glut of new patients.

And here’s the kicker: it costs more to house someone in group home or care facility than it would to provide them services to help them live independently. Yeah, math isn't a political skill.

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