From Snake Pits to Cash Cows: Politics and Public Institutions in New York

From Snake Pits to Cash Cows: Politics and Public Institutions in New York

by Paul J. Castellani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791464407

ISBN-13: 9780791464403

Pub. Date: 05/05/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Public institutions for people with developmental disabilities continue to operate within New York State, although their very existence has been condemned, and public policies directed their complete closure by the year 2000. From Snake Pits to Cash Cows investigates why these institutions persevere despite virtually universal predictions of their demise. Paul J.…  See more details below

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Public institutions for people with developmental disabilities continue to operate within New York State, although their very existence has been condemned, and public policies directed their complete closure by the year 2000. From Snake Pits to Cash Cows investigates why these institutions persevere despite virtually universal predictions of their demise. Paul J. Castellani’s provocative account spans the years 1935 to 2000, describing decades of conflict and confusion about the role of public institutions. This book demonstrates how and why a convergence of operational, fiscal, and political crises in the mid-1970s resulted in a series of agreements among adversaries that radically changed the political landscape, and reversed the plan to close all public institutions. He also shows why New York’s experience has implications and lessons for the study of public policy in the area of developmental disabilities services and for understanding Medicaid policymaking, intergovernmental finance, and human services administration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791464403
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/05/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the perseverance and vitality of public institutions1
Ch. 1Fault lines : 1935 to 194519
Ch. 2Babies and buildings : 1945 to 195941
Ch. 3Planning : the rhetoric of public institutions and community services67
Ch. 4Bonding and construction : the foundations of public institutions91
Ch. 5The new politics of mental retardation109
Ch. 6Willowbrook and the Medicaid intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded program129
Ch. 7Creating a new universe of developmental services in New York state155
Ch. 8Deinstitutionalization : reorganizing and refinancing institutions and community services179
Ch. 9Closing institutions : the right thing to do211
Ch. 10Rebranding the cash cows : not closing institutions241
Conclusion : from snake pits to cash cows269

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