The personal care home issues are just a tiny pin dot in comparison to the magnitude of issues for people suffering with serious and persistent mental illness, SPMI in Kentucky. Thanks to the Lexington Herald-Leader for bringing awareness to these problems. We must first attempt to educate Kentuckians of the waste in tax payers dollars and the inhumanity of how people with SPMI are forced to exist. Change is needed!
By: Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Beth Musgrave — email@example.com
Posted: 7:53pm on Mar 19, 2012; Modified: 12:19am on Mar 20, 2012
FRANKFORT — The continued placement of mentally ill residents in Kentucky's personal care homes is a violation of federal disability laws, a watchdog state agency said Monday.
Kentucky's personal care homes unfairly segregate people with disabilities from the community, denying residents their right to interact with non-disabled people to the fullest extent possible, according to a report by Kentucky Protection and Advocacy. The group is an independent state agency that protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities.