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Judge Prevents Cuts To Adult Day Health Care Services

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Aired 9/11/09

A federal judge has blocked the state of California from making cuts to adult day health care programs. The temporary injunction means thousands of disabled seniors and adults with mental illnesses can get care five days a week.

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Above: Local San Diego editors debate the health care reform speech that President Obama delivered to the nation on Wednesday.

— A federal judge has blocked the state of California from making cuts to adult day health care programs. The temporary injunction means thousands of disabled seniors and adults with mental illnesses can get care five days a week.

Adult day healthcare centers provide psychiatric care and skilled nursing services to 36,000 Californians. They're open Monday through Friday.

The state budget cut these programs down to three days a week. Plaintiffs argued the cuts would have forced thousands of seniors to go into nursing homes.

Luba Vaisman, who is with Casa Pacifica, an adult day healthcare center in Otay Mesa, said she's pleased the judge ruled in their favor.

"I just was crying, I'm so happy," Vaisman said. "When we told participants and staff, they were just overwhelmed with joy. I hope and pray that it's gonna stay this way."

The state has not announced whether it will appeal the injunction.

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