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WLRC must 'get it right this time'

Nov 18, 2013 - Eileen Harnsberger, Lander


As a study of the Wyoming Life Resource Center is made public with recommendations for the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee, we as parents, guardians, etc., are anxiously awaiting the recommendations. It is my understanding that the buildings and facilities are separate study that will be ready in about a month or two. Money must be approved by the Wyoming Legislature for any remodeling.

In regard to the present status of WLRC, we certainly are not in the position we were in when the lawsuit was initiated. Buildings have been remodeled, and some need to be torn down or remodeled. Remodeling continues as funds are available.

Yes, there is room for improvement, and I am sure WLRC will continue to work toward this goal.

Shouldn't Protection and Advocacy fairly evaluate all programs working with the developmentally disabled? What would happen if WLRC were closed? Where would the people go to live?

Currently we are not providing services to 500-plus on the waiting list. These people have a right to services being offered by our state. It seems that is what we should be working toward.

WLRC offers many services to the developmentally disabled. There are regular meetings held to make sure clients receive the services that are needed. These meetings are held on a regular basis, and when needed. The clients are provided with activities on the grounds and off. We must always strive to make things better for these people, and it will be done.

I am sure Mr. McVickers, the interim superintendent, will help us move forward to reach our goals at WLRC. When a new superintendent is selected, I am hopeful that this person will put our loved ones first, be a "people person," and be able to understand the financial concerns. We need to move forward and get it right this time.

Last but not least, hats off to the direct care staff who have been hour backbone and care so much.

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