Excellent editorial and points, sandyonsignal. I would also suggest that it is worth investigating how much of DIDDS funding goes to Omnivisions for their "supported living" and "medical supported living" group homes and other services. Omnivisions has several such homes here in the Chattanooga area as well as across the entire state of Tennessee.
TEAM does not own the building, they lease it from an unrelated, unconnected individual who owns the building. I would imagine that they have to break the lease. I would also imagine that breaking the lease will be an expensive act. Perhaps that is one of the many "shutdown costs" incurred by closing the center.
Thank you for publishing more of the real story here. I hope the pressure from legislators and families will cause Comm. Henry to rethink his decision. The group is't asking for government funding to continue forever - just for one year to allow the non profit to find other revenue sources. Team has endured cut after cut and still managed to find ways to stay open - primarily at the expense of the dedicated staff in the form of decreasing benefits and "cost of living adjustment" raise freezes for years.
One would think that a investigative reporter would be more interested in why the State of TN's Department responsible for this devastating cut keeps changing it's story as to why the cut was made and has awarded a much larger grant to another facility to serve far fewer people. I smell a rat - and the rat doesn't work for Team, as has been implied many times by this paper.
I think it would be awfully hard (if not illegal and unethical) for a facility to make medical diagnoses without a medical doctor on staff. I'm not a parent, nor employee and have never needed the services offered by The TEAM Centers and I still find it repugnant that the TFP and the state of TN continue to perpetuate myths and falsehoods regarding this situation.