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DISABILITY RIGHTS NEBRASKA URGES CLOSURE OF FACILITIES

Given the decreasing number of residents at Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC), its significant operational costs, and the continued reliance on institutional settings over community-based placement, Disability Rights Nebraska is urging closure of the institution and others like it. Our report The Most Integrated Setting outlines the rationale for closure and presents a series of eight clear recommendations to support the process.

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