Opinion: Real families need Real Lives law enforced

February 20, 2023

We want for our children with intellectual or developmental disabilities what everyone else wants: the best possible life. The path is just a bit steeper and full of assorted obstacles. Unfortunately, state government is turning into one of those obstacles. According to the wording of the law, self-direction shall be available to any person, and their chosen planning team, who receives services from the department and agrees to implement a person-centered plan and purchase the necessary supports and goods; use the financial management service; and attend no more than once yearly orientation related to budgeting, planning, etc. That’s what the law says. But that’s not what’s happening. Read the full article.