MANCHESTER, NH — Interesting story from Centre Daily Times with a New Hampshire angle about Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center in Effingham, which is closing, and the future of such state-run centers as the trend toward in-home placement continues:
“During the past year, 19 states and Washington, D.C., sent people to Lakeview, a private facility which has been home to male and female residents ranging from age 8 to their late 40s. Just a quarter of the 140 people who have lived there in the past year came from New Hampshire. As of 2013, 13 states had shut down state-run developmental centers, and many more are on the path to closure.
The shutdowns are partly a reflection of a trend of states moving away from placing people in institutions and focusing instead on caring for them within their homes and communities. But sometimes, like with Richardson’s son, institutionalization makes more sense. Lakeview and only a handful of other centers serve people who exhibit high-risk, often violent behaviors coupled with developmental or intellectual disabilities, meaning they require constant care, often from multiple people.”
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