Life Focus Center to Shut Down in June
Department of Developmental Services cuts off the center's funding.
Life Focus Center called us minutes ago with this news. Here is the Center's statement, unedited.
Life Focus Center of Charlestown has received a contract termination notice from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for all programs we provide, with an effective date of June 16, 2012. We are both surprised and severely disappointed that DDS abruptly ceased working with us after months of hard work trying to upgrade our management systems and comply with the State Auditor’s report. It is even more surprising given the agency’s most recent comprehensive evaluations of LFC, done by the Office of Quality Management/Office of Quality Enhancement (QUEST) in 2008 and 2010, gave LFC the highest level assessment and the longest license and certification renewals available.
Life Focus Center provides a unique spectrum of care for approximately 140 people with developmental disabilities, many of them who have spent their entire adult lives at LFC and who have profound disabilities. We will spend the next sixty days as we have spent the last thirty-three years: wholly focused on their care and improving the quality of their lives. We will work closely with DDS during this transition to ensure that these unique programs are preserved for the people who need them.
~ Larry Rasky, spokesman