By Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are planning to remove thousands of disabled adults from work settings deemed to segregated by the federal government and place them in jobs and activity programs in the community.

Craig Stenning, director of the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, told The Providence Journal ( ) that the plan is a major transformation of the system.

A federal Department of Justice investigation found that about 3,600 of Rhode Island adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities were unnecessarily segregated in state-licensed day programs and other settings. The department says many of those adults have the ability and desire to work in the community.

Stenning says the state’s goal is to close all “sheltered” workshops for the disabled within three years and place people in the community.


Information from: The Providence Journal,

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