In El Paso County, one of every five nursing home residents wants to return to living in their own communities. In Pueblo County, it's nearly one in every four. They're among the 3500 Coloradans with disabilities who live in nursing homes but don't want to be there. Many of them are young, and they could live on their own with help. The US Supreme Court says they have that right. It even would cost less to support them living independently. Still, the state is struggling to meet its own goal of moving people with disabilities out of institutions and back into their communities. For KRCC News, Laura Frank of the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network has this first of two reports.
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