Joseph Shapiro from NPR reported on a story about Bylon Alexander, 24, and her untimely death. The story ran on NPR’s All Things Considered. The CFI is appreciative Mr. Shapiro wanted to run a story and that NPR recognized the importance of updating listeners about what happened to Bylon.
A letter written to the Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Department of Health and Human Services, which is seeking public input on "Envisioning the Future."
The Associated Press released an article about the increasing numbers of young people living in nursing facilties around the country. The article speaks about the isolation young people feel when stuck in a facility. Katie Chandler, from the Georgia Advocacy Office and Children's Freedom Initiative, is quoted in the article.
12/9/2010 The NPR Investigative Unit came to Atlanta to report on young people living in nursing facilities. Joe Shapiro interviewed young people with disabilities and their families who are eligible to receive their care through Medicaid home and community based waiver services, but live in facilities due to a lack of funding for community services. The story features Mathew Harp, Zach Sayne, and Bylon Alexander, who the CFI is working with to ensure they receive appropriate services to get out and stay out of nursing facilities.
Advocates Cheer Landmark Settlement to Support Georgia Residents with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness Move Out of Institutions and into the Community with Proper Services
10/29/2010 US Department of Justice Lawsuit Against Georgia Resolved
Comprehensive Agreement Promises to Transform Lives of People Like Kathy Crowder and Lois Curtis
Wall Street Journal published “Babes Among Elders: Nursing Home Kids” describing children who grow up in nursing homes and featuring the work of the CFI.
ADD Program Update U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families The American Dream Belongs to Everyone