Can't count on Illinois to protect the disabled

April 14, 2014 

Thanks, Belleville News-Democrat, for following Illinois' gross failure to ensure the safety of developmentally disabled persons in the community. The case of Billy Ray Young demonstrates the failure of the state's systems of oversight and advocacy for the disabled.

The state fails badly on issues of transparency and honesty-related reporting on the care of disabled persons in the community. And the Department of Human Services expects Murray parents and guardians to trust them?

The interim study of outcomes for Jacksonville residents is inadequate, lacking sufficient data on all residents. My son and the other residents of Murray Center are safe, well-cared for and need the intensive supervision and care provided by the mix of professional and technical staff at Murray.

There is a good reason why care in the community is cheaper: You get what you pay for. The state is incapable of maintaining oversight on the disabled in the community.

Karen Kelly

O'Fallon

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