I have worked with many families, staff, and individuals who have moved out of Fernald and places like that. Once out no one has ever asked to go back.
A lot of times hesitation to move is a result of not knowing aything else. There is also a tendancy of the people who currently serve the individual to think they are the only ones who can do it well.
The other reason might be fear based on the press (everytime I post, someone posts articles describing horror stories). We all know the only things that make it into the press are the scary stories. I have been in the field for 20 years, I have never had one of those scary stories happen.
I’m told that staff in the facilities is better than staff in the community. That cannot be true because they are often the same people,either moonlighting for the state or community providers.
People on BMG vilify community providers and DDS employees. I can tell you that I have met Elin Howe and she cares more about the people we serve than any other high level DDS official I have met. Maybe there are some human service provider CEOs who make good salaries but they are nothing like the salaries made by BP or Wall St executives. There is no one who does this work because the money is good. We do it because we care about the people we serve.
We would all be better off if we spent more energy working together to work for people with DD rather than fighting amongst ourselves.