There is no credible evidence of a mortality crisis among those who are placed in community care settings, writes Dr. Jane Mercer
report, Statistics Should Not Undermine Freedoms for Development-ally Disabled Californians. Mercer, a sociologist, is also from the University of California at Riverside.Her
report, compiled in the wake of the Strauss report, was released last July, a year after the Strauss report.The statistics on death rates are incomplete and certainly misunderstood, it says.Mercer's report received no press at all, in stark contrast to the Strauss report.
Mercer's report outlines the history of California's most recent move from institutions : that in the 1980s, a group of parents grew tired of waiting for the state to create placements for their children with developmental disabilities in the community and sued the state of California.This resulted in the 1993 Coffelt settlement, in which the California Department of Developmental Services agreed to move at least 2, 000 people with developmental disabilities from state developmental centers into the community in five years.California lived up to its agreement -- which sparked the backlash documented and supported by the Chronicle.