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Keep SDC open as shining example of care

By Bill Schang

The purpose of this column is two-fold: First, it is a fervent plea to keep the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) open, and second, it is a request to again allow SDC to accept new admissions.

As a 15-year volunteer at SDC, my opinions are more than educated ones, but rather more factual. SDC has provided essential services for those with developmental problems for more than 100 years. The need for these services is greater now than ever.

The solution offered by those proposing closure of SDC is to move residents into group homes. The concept is good, but the reality is bad. For many, after all, this is the only home they’ve ever known.

These folks, by accident, are different, and not so fortunate as you and I. And what happens to the severely disabled that group homes cannot handle? They could end up in hospitals or nursing homes, where they do not belong. The expense would be even greater than at SDC.

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