"Statewide, there are about 5,800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities currently segregated in large intermediate care facilities (ICFs), and over 40,000 people are on waiting lists for waiver services that would allow them to have appropriate supports in the community," says Michael Kirkman, Executive Director of DRO. "Of those, 22,000 individuals are at serious risk of institutionalization. Historically, these waiting lists are long and excruciatingly slow moving. As of 2013, the median wait time for people in ICFs to access home and community-based services exceeded 13 years. It is time to change the system and offer real community options that fit the individual needs of every person."
For more information on the lawsuit, click here for DRO's fact sheet.
INARF applauds Disability Rights Ohio and its partners for their advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities in Ohio.