SDC families are worried about moving residents

By Kathleen Miller

Sonoma Developmental Center families and friends are worried.

We listened to the task force on the future of developmental center hearings, we hear the ongoing diatribe against developmental centers, we hear the call for closure, we hear the need to save the state money. Also, we know our own histories.

We know that there are stories of former SDC residents who have been successful in alternative placements. We celebrate when they are successful. We love nothing better than to hear about former SDC residents flourishing in alternative placements after being stabilized by SDC services.

On the other hand, we also hear stories from those who are not doing well. Many of us have our own such stories, stories of our family members who were ejected from their community placements because they were too ill or too difficult to handle.

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