Unfortunately, once again, Susannah Frame has mislead people in this “investigation” series on King 5 in Seattle. There is much to clarify in this recent segment which aired December 8, 2015.
“Only a handful of states operate more institutions for people with developmental disabilities than Washington. And in Washington, more people live in these segregated settings than most of the rest of the country”
Fact of the matter:
The above table is only the STATE Operated ICF/ID’s
26 states have fewer State operated ICF/ID s for a total of 25 facilities which are home to 11, 294 people (Average per facility – 451 people)
24 state have more State operated ICF/IDs for a total of 828 facilities which are home to 42,553 people (Average per facility – 51 people) –
Hardly what I would call a handful of state (or facilities for that matter!)
“Since the 1970s when the deinstitutionalization trend started, 16 states have closed all of their institutions that once housed the developmentally disabled, including Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii. And 21 states, including Idaho, have fewer than 100 residents total living in these types of public facilities”
The above table is taken from the CMS-64 report. Again, Susannah Frame is incorrect with her “facts”. There are only 8 states that have not reported funds for a STATE OPERATED ICF/ID.
It is interesting to note of those states with no costs for a state operated ICF/ID, 6 of those reports costs for private ICF/IDs. Some of these are quite pricey to the states that have them.
Interesting that only 12 states do not have a large State operated Facility and only 7 states have less than 100 people in these state operated ICF/IDs and Nursing Facilities.
More to come about the private facilities in each state and the funding for both the ICF/IDs and the Home and Community Based Waivers (HCBS).
I believe Ms. Frame and King 5 have some additional investigative work to do. This is a very sloppy example of research which they are promoting.
According to Mr. Bagenstos, supposedly a “top Department of Justice attorney in the Civil Rights Division” Washington state “remains kind of stubbornly, an outlier”
Look at the tables above and see for yourself. By the definition that I understand, Washington is CERTAINLY NOT an “outlier.”
That’s all for today – more myths to be examined from this episode withing the next few days.
Data Retrieved from the following resources:
Medicaid Expenditures for Long-Term. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/by-topics/long-term-services-and-supports/downloads/ltss-expenditures-fy2013.pdf
(2013). Residential Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends through Fiscal Year 2011 (2013). National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), Association of Professional Developmental Disabilities Administrators (APPDA). University of Minnesota.
United States Census Bureau – Population Estimates – National Totals 2014. (2014). Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/totals/2014/index.html
Univesity of Colorado Department of Psychiatry. (2015). The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities. Retrieved from http://www.stateofthestates.org/index.php/intellectualdevelopmental-disabilities/state-profiles