Closure of Sierra Services will be expensive county problem |

Closure of Sierra Services will be expensive county problem

If Sierra Services for the Blind closes, Nevada County will inherit an expensive problem. SSFTB helps visually impaired seniors remain in their own homes.

This fine organization has severe financial problems in large part from lack of governmental funding. If Sierra Services must close, some of the 406 clients will surely be forced to go into government-supported nursing homes, lacking the savings or income for private care.

The yearly cost to taxpayers for each such person is over $20,000 per year. If only six of the 406 need such care, that cost will exceed Sierra Services’ annual budget.

Until this year, the cost of such nursing- home care was covered by the state. As a part of the state budget cuts, the state says now the counties will be responsible for the cost of blind people’s nursing home care. Please contact your county supervisors and urge them to help fund Sierra Services before Nevada County has a far more expensive financial responsibility.

Glady McWood Birdsong

Board Member

Sierra Services For the Blind

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