R.I. sets goal of closing sheltered workshops in 3 years

A Rhode Island official said the state is working aggressively to move adults with disabilities out of segregated work settings and into community jobs. The move comes after a federal report was released claiming that thousands of workers were steered into low-paying positions in day programs or sheltered workshops. Craig Stenning, director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, said his office is reaching out to private employers and his goal is to close all sheltered workshops within three years.

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