Unnecessary hospitalization of people with disabilities in NH


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Lesson title

Unnecessary hospitalization of people with disabilities in New Hampshire

Video title, link and release date

Interview with Disability Center of New Hampshire’s Richard Cohen; March 13, 2012

Video length

Seven minutes and thirty-seven seconds

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

Richard Cohen is the executive director of the Disability Rights Center New Hampshire.

Cohen and Disability Rights New Hampshire, along with three other disability rights organizations, have launched a class action lawsuit against the state of New Hampshire.

The lawsuit represents a class of persons with disabilities who have been unnecessarily hospitalized due to their disability.

Cohen asserts that the unnecessary hospitalizations are due to the lack of an appropriate community supports system in New Hampshire.

The new measures he proposes are:

○ supported housing and employment within the community

○ mobile crisis intervention rather than hospitalization

○ mobile Act Teams rather than community centers

Review Questions

1. What does Cohen say are the negative effects of hospitalization?

2. In Cohen’s view, were New Hampshire’s disability programs better in 1990 or now? Why?

3. What does Cohen mean by mobile crisis intervention?

4. What does he mean by Act Teams?

Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information



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