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Rhode Island program serving persons with disabilities to close

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A day program that served more than 100 persons with disabilities in Rhode Island will close in September because of economic losses, the organization said.

A nonprofit based in Philadelphia, Resources for Human Development, will close its Rhode Island location because reimbursement rates from federal agencies were not sufficient, and new burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have crippled their finances, the Providence Journal reported.

“In the three fiscal years preceding the COVID-19 pandemic, RHD lost a total of over $750,000; this number has grown significantly throughout this pandemic, and the organization cannot afford to sustain this level of financial loss,” Manay Gunter, an employee of the organization wrote in a statement.

Resources for Human Development opened its Rhode Island office in 2004 and ran an arts-based day program for people with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities, the AP reported.

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