Feds critical of Augusta's Gracewood

A federal agency has warned Georgia officials that it will end Medicaid payments to an Augusta facility for the developmentally disabled unless the state improves conditions there. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an August report, said the state-run Gracewood...

Area disabled residents want better services

People with disabilities in the Gainesville area expressed a desire for better quality services and support at a meeting Thursday with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. The meeting was one of several statewide stops on the council's "listening tour" leading up to the 2015...

GCDD listening tour plans stop in Gainesville Thurs.

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' (GCDD's) "On the Road to 2015 General Assembly Listening Tour" plans a stop in Gainesville Thursday to hear from people living with disabilities. Organizers say all issues "are on the table," whether it's jobs, schools, healthcare, services,...

Disability group to address legislative policy during visit

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities will stop in Gainesville today to hear from people living with disabilities.Representatives including D'Arcy Robb, the council's public policy director, and Dawn Alford, policy development specialist, at 6 p.m. will be at Lanier Charter Career...

Mentally disabled suffer in moved from Georgia institutions

Mentally disabled suffer in moved from Georgia institutions
At one group home for developmentally disabled adults, a caregiver punched a resident in the face again and again. Another worker there whipped a resident with a leather belt. At another home, a resident kept choking on food because it wasn't chopped into the small bites his doctor had ordered....

Olmstead Anniversary Celebrated Amid Report on Deaths in Community Group Homes

Olmstead Anniversary Celebrated Amid Report on Deaths in Community Group Homes
Advocates and people with developmental disabilities celebrated the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision at the Carter Center in Atlanta yesterday. The decision says those with developmental disabilities have the right to receive services in the community rather than...

Eric Jacobson Interviews on Transfers of People with Disabilities

Eric Jacobson Interviews on Transfers of People with Disabilities
GCDD prides itself on advocating for an inclusive community, and support moving people with developmental disabilities from institutions into the community. However, in March report, two deaths that occurred after individuals with developmental disabilities were placed into community settings...

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