The study looked at results from over 200 PEG centers from around the country, as well as tracking closures of centers in the past five years. Findings show:
► PEG Access Centers in at least 100 communities across the United States have been closed
since 2005. A disproportionate number (93) exclusively served the public.
► Hundreds more PEG Access Centers in six states affected by state franchising laws may be
forced to close or experience serious threats to financial and in-kind support over the next three
► Half of the 165 survey respondents providing financial information for 2005 and 2010 reported an
average funding drop of 40% since 2005.
► The primary reasons cited for reductions in funding and in-kind resources for PEG Access
Centers were new state franchising laws and/or decisions by local governments.
The study was conducted by The Buske Group, a Sacramento, California based consulting firm.
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Complete study results are available by clicking here.