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Ind. Parents Told Drop Disabled Kids at Shelters

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 08:48 PM

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Parents in Indiana say some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can't be cared for at home.

Parents say workers in Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services have said that's one option when they can't keep their children at home and haven't been approved for Medicaid services to help the children live independently.

A spokesman for the state agency overseeing the bureau says suggesting homeless shelters is not the agency's policy and workers who did that would be disciplined.

But Becky Holladay of Battle Ground is among the parents who told state lawmakers this week that they were told homeless shelters are an option for their children. Holladay's 22-year-old son has epilepsy and autism.

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