[Hpn] ADAPT, October 20-25th For Chance
Thu, 11 Oct 2001 08:24:24 -0400
For Immediate Release
Bob Kafka, 512/431-4085
Marsha Katz, 406/829-9495
ADAPT Tells S.F. "Don't Use Public $$$ to Rebuild a Dinosaur-There's a
San Francisco---ADAPT, the nation's largest grassroots disability rights
group, thinks that the City by the Bay must be caught in an oppressive
time warp as it moves to rebuild the world's largest nursing home rather
than direct efforts and funding to support citizens in their own homes.
Determined to make Mayor Willie Brown hear the moral outrage of the
nation's disability community, 500 members of ADAPT, joined by hundreds
more Californians, will be in San Francisco October 20-25 to protest the
reconstruction of the city/county-owned and operated 1200 bed Laguna
For over 30 years America has been working to downsize and close state
institutions and nursing homes for children and adults with developmental
and other disabilities. In recent years, both the former Clinton and
current Bush Administrations have supported and are funding community
based alternatives and initiatives to keep Americans from being forced
into nursing homes and other institutions. In 1999 the U.S. Supreme
mandated that states and local governments couldn't force people into
institutional settings if the needed services and supports could be
provided in their own homes in the community.
"Despite federal law, social trends and sustained vocal opposition from
the California disability community, the City of San Francisco and the
unions marketed and passed a bond issue to rebuild the 1200 bed Laguna
Honda by essentially hoodwinking the public," said Stephanie Thomas of
ADAPT. "They never once told the voters that this bond money can be
redirected to build many community living alternatives that would not
warehouse over a thousand people with disabilities, and they never once
asked the old and young people warehoused in Laguna Honda what they
Convinced the City's plan to rebuild Laguna Honda is a violation of
federal law, ADAPT has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). ADAPT is
asking HHS/OCR to stop federal funding and reimbursements until the
works with the disability community to develop a "Community Alternatives
Transition Plan" that would redirect the bond money designated to
Laguna Honda to provide community based long term care services.
"Rebuilding is an outrage and a deplorable use of public money," said
Overbo, of San Francisco's Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC). "
I'm an aging baby boomer, and I want to know that my community will
include me as I lose function, not ship me off to a huge institution
an unwanted pet going to the humane society, never to be seen again."
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