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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 51 DHHS programs support care for retard disabled Population in community based residences rising Delaware Health & Social Ser- vices (DHSS) has released its plan to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case Olm- stead vs. Zimring. The Olmstead case determined that unjustified . isolation of the disabled in institu- tions constitutes a violation of laws that protect the disabled from discrimination. Years before that court deci- sion, however, the state of Delaware maintained a long- standing commitment to serve people with disabilities in the least restrictive environment by relocating patients from its hospi- tals to community residential set- tings. Delaware has two facilities that provide institutional care for peo- ple with mental retardation/devel- opmental disabilities and/or men- tal illness: the Stockley Center and the Delaware Psychiatric Center. Stockley Center, created in 1921, was the traditional home for Delaware's developmentally dis- abled and mentally retarded resi- dents. In the mid-1980s, the Divi- sion of Developmental Disabili- ties Services (DDDS) created a unit dedicated to community serv- ices, which developed into an ar- ray of community based living options, including group homes, apartments and foster care. In ad- dition, this unit offers case man- agement, respite and other sup- portive services to maintain de- velopmentally disabled and men- tally retarded residents in their homes. As a direct result of these ef- forts, the population at the Stock- ley Center has decreased steadily and dramatically from 555 resi- dents since 1976. That population has decreased to 423 in 1985, 308 in 1995 and 179 this year. In re- cent years, DDDS has annually placed 24 residents from Stockley into community residences. This process will continue this year and as the Olmstead plan indi- cams, it will continue for an addi- tional two to three years until all residents who can reasonably live outside the hospital will be doing SO. The Delaware Psychiatric Cen- ter, established in 1889, provides Shoulder massage topic of Nov. 11 seminar The Art of Shoulder Massage will be presented from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at Beebe Medical Center Tunnell Cancer Center conference room. The seminar will address the basics of providing a relaxing shoulder massage. Preregistra- tion is required by calling 645- 3528. The cost is $10 for individuals or $15 for two. Ostomy support group meets Nov. 13 Beebe Medical Center Wound Care Services will sponsor an os- tomy support group from 10 a.m. until noon, Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the wound care center on Long Neck Road. The group will discuss supplies, resources, visitor training and For Your Com alete Dental Health Call 302-732-3852 Friendly, highly qualified team of professionals Conveniently located on Route 26 between Bethany Beach and Dagsboro Beautiful new offices Latest hi-tech equipment services to the mentally ill. That institution's population peaked at 1,530 in 1965. It has dropped steadily since that time to its cur- rent census of 248, the lowest since 1896. As with Stockley, the decline in population is directly related to the expansion of com- munity based programs since the mid-1980s. Many patients for whom community-based pro- grams were appropriate have been placed in alternative programs over the past year. With the re- cent establishment of additional group homes, DDDS has provid- ed alternative placement for all in- dividuals to be treated in a less re- strictive setting. Delaware has also provided substantial services for adults with physical disabilities. With the creation of the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities in 1994, a number of services were provid- ed that were designed to maintain people with disabilities in their homes or in other less restrictive settings. These services include case management, home modifi- cation, housekeeping, personal care, respite, adult foster care and forming a chapter of the United Ostomy Association. For details, call 945-2500. adult day care. These services are funded by the state and by Medic- aid through the elderly and dis- abled waiver and the assisted liv- ing waiver. DHHS has current availability for those currently re- siding in nursing homes. "The Olmstead case, in many ways, codified much of what Delaware started years ago," said Secretary of Health and Social Services Vincent P. Meconi. "Olmstead is about institutions. For years, state expenditures on institutions have been replaced by expenditures on community serv- ices. Our plan ensures that this trend will continue." A copy of Delaware's Olmstead plan is available on its website, topics/chaolmstead.htm. Skin New Open MRI Now Open in Lewes Call (302) 644-7335 ONI Orthopaedic .... and Neuro i i Imaging ; Drs. Kevin and Wendy Brafman Brafman Family Dentistry, P.A.