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Send letters to support SDC

By I-T letters

Editor, Index-Tribune

People who read in the newspaper about the rally to save the Sonoma Developmental Center have been asking me what they can do to help. What is needed right now are letters to the Task Force on the Future of Developmental Centers, via the e-mail address, jim.suennen@chhs.ca.gov. Letters should be sent before Oct. 22, the next task force meeting.

As the Sonoma City Council said in its resolution calling for keeping SDC open, “SDC should remain open in order to continue providing its specialized, 24-hour care to California’s most vulnerable, developmentally disabled individuals who, for reasons of medical frailty, mental, emotional or behavioral issues, or other profound disabilities, cannot function or survive in community care homes.”

I also want to thank the approximately 100 people who came to the Sept. 14 march and rally on the Plaza. Even though the event was sponsored by SDC’s Parent Hospital Association, the majority of the participants were community members. SDC has been an integral part of our Sonoma Valley community for 122 years. If you don’t want to see it close, please send a letter.

Gina Cuclis

Boyes Hot Springs

  • Mary O’Riordan

    Thank you Gina for your continued support. Sending letters as suggested above is super important as we all know. The majority of the citizens of this state and especially our Sonoma community do not want this beautiful facility, which was established over 100 years ago by two families, to close. Look at the evidence of what happened following the Coffelt lawsuit which
    removed over 2,500 developmentally disabled people in a short period of time – the mortality rate was as much as 80% higher than for those who remained at SDC. The number of developmentally disabled who are now in prison is another example of why this facility cannot be closed. I realize there has been a lot of negative, one-sided, reports of abuse and negligence at SDC recently, but I can assure you the everyday care at SDC is still the best. Mistreatment of any kind cannot be condoned, but its important to know that it is not the norm at SDC.
    Thanks again Gina and the Sonoma Community for your steadfast support.
    Mary O’Riordan