Arc Of NW Indiana Closes Group Homes
Arc of Indiana Director says nursing shortage is to blame
The Arc of Northwest Indiana is closing all 22 of its group homes where it houses people with developmental disabilities, laying off 120 employees.
Arc of Indiana executive director John Dickerson says the decision was made by the Northwest Chapter after the state Family and Social Services Administration said they had concerns about the health and safety of the 90 people living in the homes. Dickerson says this was mainly due to a nursing shortage. "There is specifically a shortage of nurses working with people with developmental disabilities," said Dickerson.
The 90 residents have been moved to what have been described as "temporary" homes, some as far away as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. "Others are staying locally, but the state is working with every family. The state is helping us to figure out what we can do to help them get their loved one closer to them where they want to to be," said Dickerson. He adds that the homes serve about 500 people in other programs, the administration of which will end soon. The Arc of Northwest Indiana's other programs will continue.