What does unnecessary institutionalization mean?
It means… Forfeit of personal choices, interests, and purposes. For many unrepresented people it becomes an undeserved incarceration, (a hell-hole for some). This typically happens when people are kept in the dark about more humane care options. When not protected by state administrators, such vulnerable people can be bullied and denied their right to receive the care they need outside of the institution. This is the case with some Nevada Medicaid recipients currently institutionalized within the "Life Care Center of Reno" facility. Just listen to this 4 min. video and then please speak up for them.
When personal interests, aspirations and purposes are neglected, they eventually die out. Left without one's aspirations, a person is brought to a lower state of life. It's kind of like forfeiting what remains of your life before you are dead. Why would something harmful and expensive continue to be funded by the State?
People in institutions generate significant profits for the long-term care facilities that house them. These corporate interests form associations, employ lobbyists, and donate to political candidates. They also strongly influence nonelected state authorities who tend to protect that cash flow. This perpetuates wrongful institutionalisation in spite of numerous laws prohibiting such treatment of disabled and elderly people.
What can be done to withstand powerful financial interests? Who will make state authorities accountable to comply and enforce federal laws prohibiting unnecessary institutionalization? The Department of Justice doesn't have the wherewithal to respond. Disability rights organizations are strapped with their own particular pursuits. Will you get informed and speak up for these who cannot speak up for themselves?
We will respond to your questions and pass along your comments to the Governor. Please speak up for our elderly and people with disabilities.
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