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Passage in House bill-Is this a teachable moment?

Seems someone in the house hasn't been informed that we don't use MENTALLY RETARDED anymore. I guess no one has yet read it or just doesn't care

‘‘(II) CERTAIN OTHER INDIVID
UALS.—In the case of an individual
who is a full-benefit dual eligible indi
vidual and with respect to whom there
has been a determination that but for
the provision of home and community
based care (whether under section
1915, 1932, or under a waiver under
section 1115) the individual would re
quire the level of care provided in a
hospital or a nursing facility or inter
mediate care facility for the mentally
retarded the cost of which could be re
imbursed under the State plan under
title XIX, the elimination of any bene
ficiary coinsurance described in sec
tion 1860D–2(b) [pages 389–390 of House Health care bill

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itsmesteph11

Asked by itsmesteph11 at 6:48 PM on Jul. 26, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (16)
  • ... It IS very encouraging to know that SOMEONE is reading the bill !!
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:00 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • Retarded -- Occurring or developing later than desired or expected; delayed.

    Semantics. How many words did you want them to stick in there to cover all the possible delays, issues and situations?
    roachiesmom

    Answer by roachiesmom at 7:36 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • Oh, I dunno roach--

    How about Developmentally Delayed or Developmentally Impaired? Someone with an IQ below 70 is said to have Mental Retardation....NOT called Mentally Retarded! And I have yet to seen or hear of a modern day facility/Home For The "Mentally Retarded!"

    Looks like a whole lot of cutting and pasting going on in the House! LOL :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:45 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • However if it had been Bush to say that.....................
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 7:46 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • Actually, I learned from a professional today that the phrase is Intellectually disabled now. LOL
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 7:49 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • Mental retardation is still listed in DSM-IV
    Diagnostic criteria for Mental Retardation
    (cautionary statement)
    A. Significantly subaverage intellectual functioning: an IQ of approximately 70 or below on an individually administered IQ test (for infants, a clinical judgment of significantly subaverage intellectual functioning).
    B. Concurrent deficits or impairments in present adaptive functioning (i.e., the person's effectiveness in meeting the standards expected for his or her age by his or her cultural group) in at least two of the following areas: communication, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety.
    C. The onset is before age 18 years.
    Code based on degree of severity reflecting level of intellectual impairment:
    http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/index.htm
    Grandmarga

    Answer by Grandmarga at 7:51 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • 317 Mild Mental Retardation: IQ level 50-55 to approximately 70

    318.0 Moderate Mental Retardation: IQ level 35-40 to 50-55

    318.1 Severe Mental Retardation: IQ level 20-25 to 35-40

    318.2 Profound Mental Retardation: IQ level below 20 or 25 319 Mental Retardation, Severity Unspecified: when there is strong presumption of Mental Retardation but the person's intelligence is untestable by standard tests
    Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
    Grandmarga

    Answer by Grandmarga at 7:52 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • grandmarga

    I'm not denying that the term still exists for diagnostic purposes. But the way in which MR is being used in the text of the bill is very much outdated!

    Like I said before: Being a person WITH Mental Retardation is different than being CALLED Mentally Retarded--at least in the year 2009!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:59 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • You might not like it, but mentally retarded is still be used among many health care professionals.

    hospital or a nursing facility or inter
    mediate care facility for the mentally
    retarded the cost of which could be re
    imbursed under the State plan under
    title XIX, the elimination of any bene
    ficiary coinsurance described in sec
    tion 1860D–2(b) [pages 389–390 of House Health care bill
    Grandmarga

    Answer by Grandmarga at 8:06 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • Mentally retarded is still used medically. Are you all so politically correct that you can't correctly call it by its name? ri-dang-diculous!

    BTW, you are teh same ladies who defended that idiot FOX news host for talking of racial purity and referring to inter-racial couples as people who marry OUTSIDE their species (claiming that race and species are interchangeable, they are NOT) and it was just a "scientific term"....and now this???

    What the F Ever!!
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:17 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

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