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Closing resource centers a shame

Published: February 3, 2014

Regarding “Guardians of disabled patients voice fears to panel” (News, Jan. 24): My son was at Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid from 1975 until his death in 2012. He was severely disabled and needed 24/7 care. I knew that in an outsourced placement he couldn't get the supervision he would receive from the state. I had started looking for a placement but instead of having to move him from his “home” he went to a new home in heaven.

My worry for him is over because I know he's in a better place, but I still have great concern for the families that have to farm their loved ones out. It was sad when Hissom State School closed years ago. These places are home to the clients. I'm not saying it's the perfect place; I'm saying it's so much better than the state losing control of their care. It's such a shame to close their homes.

The rights of clients have been violated. Furthermore, down the road the Human Services Commission will come to know it's not a money saver to outsource the clients and leave them more vulnerable.

Betty Springer, Del City


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