Editorial: Fast-track reform of services for disabled

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  • Updated: July 29, 2011 - 10:38 PM

Additional cuts will deplete the care system reform requires.

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mrobespierreJul. 30, 11 3:27 AM

Actually, toll bridges are built with spending cuts.

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owatonnabillJul. 31, 11 1:27 PM

This editorial, to say the least, is poorly-written and murky. It gives the impression that governmental refusal to fund the "My Life, My Choices" program through LSS means that disabled Minnesotans do not have the option of independently directing their services. In fact various Medicaid Waivers avaiilable to Minnesotans such as DD (Developmental Disabilities), CADI (Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals), etc., offer this option to Minnesotans with various disabilities and have for years, through Federal Medicaid dollars administered by the State. The program is called CDCS (Consumer Directed Community Supports) and is apparently pretty much the same as the "My Life, My Choices" concept. It has had a fair amount of success though the lack of fiscal oversight has led to some mismanagement of funds. I suggest to the Star Tribune editorial people that better homework might yield an editorial that more fairly presents the facts.

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raymondb62Aug. 2, 11 1:05 PM

As someone who has worked with the CDCS program, I can attest that it started off as a grand venture in giving consumers more choice in their care. However, 4-5 years of budget wragling and rule changes have robbed this program of it's soul. CDCS now offeres false choices, like do I send my adult disabled child toa day program or provide adequate staffing for cares while he is at home? Both are needed! Fact is the amount of money given to a CDCS participant to purchases services is rouines 1/2 or less of what the State would spend on that client if it were purchasing vendored services. So why the difference? Legislators and administrators love to talk about choice but do a piss poor job of providing it!

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daltrowitzAug. 6, 11 9:24 AM

Many of the programs such as CADI are good and worthwhile, but the funding has NOT kept up with inflation and need. As for Raymond's post, presuming his accusation is correct, it means the health care vendors are gouging the state. Profit is good, but greed at the expense of human life is despicable.

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