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State, U.S. Aid Expected For Rehabilitation Center The dream of a Northwest Louisiana Rehabilitation Center in Shreveport is expected to take a giant step toward reality today with state approval of $100,000 for initial work on the project Rep. Don Williamson of Viv-ian will present the request to the Capital Outlay budget Com-mittee chaired by Gov. John McKeithen. Williamson said he has been a s s u r e d that the committee will approve the request. An additional $400,000 federal grant is expected to follow the state funding for the project, See Picture on Page 5-A which will be the forerunner of a planned $8.3 million center here. Williamson said the rehabili-tation center will be the first in the state and among the finest in the nation. It could be operational by this fall, he said. A dozen local groups, includ-ing the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, have been cam-paigning for the center. The first $500,000 will be used to convert three Linwood Apart-, ments units into a rehabilitation center and to provide equipment for the center. Once established the center will require $224,000 for yearly operations. "Employment is the objective of the center," Williamson said. He said there are currently 20,000 disabled persons in seven Northwest Louisiana parishes who would be aidsd by the center. Victims of birth defects, acci-dents, disease, mental retarda-tion or other infirmities will be eligible for services by the center.s The center is scheduled to provide such services as physi-cal therapy, speech and audio therapy and occupational ther-apy, Williamson said. The center's program includes plans to teach a vocation to disabled persons, he said. Dr. George R. Meneely, as-sociate dean of the LSU School of Medicine, said the center is part of the medical school's m a s t e r plan. He said the apartment units should be re-placed by the planned new facility by 1981. The center will initially have 24 beds for persons outside the Shreveport metropolitan area who would not be able to make the daily trips to the facility. Others will live at home when not participating in therapy or training at the center. The center will be operated by the Louisiana State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation ,in cooperation with the LSU School of Medicine. Forrest Dunn, chairman of the Community Council rehabili-tation services committee said the center will provide the first state means for the rehabilita-tion treatment of area persons. He said these type services often cost $10,000 or more for persons who must go out of state to find such services. Community Council president. Judge Gorman Taylor, praised the efforts by Williamson in bringing the center here and called the project "an asset to all of North Louisiana."
|Title||State, U.S. Aid Expected for Rehabilitation Center|
Northwest Louisiana Rehabilitation Center (Shreveport, La.)
Linwood Apartments (Shreveport, La.)
Williamson, Donald W.
Meneely, George R., 1911-1987
Taylor, Gorman E.
|Notes||Photo of Dr. George Meneely, Donald Williamson, Forrest Dunn, and Gorman E. Taylor|
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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