Should a State Institution for Develo...

Should a State Institution for Developmentally Disabled Close

There are 126 comments on the Oklahoma Impact Team story from Oct 4, 2010, titled Should a State Institution for Developmentally Disabled Close. In it, Oklahoma Impact Team reports that:

The Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley could close, sending its 135 residents into the community to live with their families, on their own with caregivers or in group homes.

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karen

Oklahoma City, OK

#123 Oct 14, 2010
if the people of the state health dept, had just one person in thier families that needed this service, thier would not even be this scare of shutting of funding
Joe

Montgomery, AL

#124 Oct 14, 2010
You can tell a lot about a people that do not care for the disabled.

I would rather close our government down, it waste more money.
Cat

United States

#125 Oct 14, 2010
I believe that they would have better care in a smaller environment. I do not believe they should be closed down because of funds. The most needy should always be taken care of first. Instead of painting artwork on a highway that noone from another state travels, the funds should go to these souls first.
Complex Issue

Pauls Valley, OK

#126 Oct 31, 2010
Karen, there are people in State Office who have family members receiving community based services.

This "scare" is more than a fad. It is an approach that has deep, and at times very ugly, history in Oklahoma as well as nationally. It also can be an exciting time where we change Oklahoma history in caring for MR/DD. Thirty years ago institutions were the only supports. Community services did not exist. As of today community services are not developed as fully as they can or should be.

SORC Staff, maybe our lawmakers do not know the specific care required on each and every one of the "adults in babies bodies" but, they do know what medically fragile is. But, lumping medically fragile into one group is very dangerous. Each person has to be looked at as an individual with individual needs as to develop the community supports needed and required.

Some of there medically fragile there CAN make many decisions for themselves and I believe they would thrive in the community if the proper supports were available to them. As of today there just is not a viable community placement. I want to see those places developed.

Yes, some at SORC CANNOT make those decisions and may not have a guardian to make them. I agree with you in that population of people are at risk.
My hope is this group does not get pushed into nursing homes as well.

Why not lobby for and demand an alternative to the institution? The pro-community people do not want to see people put into homes where they do not get first rate care and have the utmost quality of life. SORC clients very well are the group that forces Oklahoma to build the placements. We cannot change this point in time where those decisions are coming to a head. We can voice what is needed.

Lets look at the idea of SORC stays open in a limited capacity serving that small population of people that do not get community services developed for them? How fair is that to parents who birth a child and that is their only option? They keep that child home for years until it becomes impossible. Rather than have a residential living home in their own town to transition the child into they are forced to put the child into SORC. This is exclusion as well as segregation.

By saying SORC is the ONLY place clients can be cared for we are giving up on the push needed in this state to do more and provide more.

I will keep pushing.
Truth about sorc

Lindsay, OK

#127 Feb 15, 2011
SORC needs to be shut down for the way it treats their staff.
meadowgirl

Sumner, WA

#128 Apr 3, 2011
I have a child in a state "institution.I believe this is the best ,safest, place for him to thrive at this time. My child is not medically fragile but requires structure and constant supervision. The idea of smaller group homes that are "less restrictive"and near the family sounds great. But as a very dedicated parent I tell you this. The reality is I want my child in the safest most professional environment with the needed support and services available. In my experience the institution provides this. I travel over 80 miles each weekend to visit my child. But it is worth it. I sleep at night knowing he is receiving the care he needs. The political persons making these decisions need to talk to us parents and spend a day in our shoes. I am sure there are persons who would thrive in a community placement. But do not ignore the fact that there are many thrive in the environment an "institution" provides.

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