Since the bill to change the term from mental retardation to intellectual disabilities has been made. I still have my reservations. Although the change lifts the negative connotations from language used to discuss these clients and their issues, it may open some unexpected issues that may be far worse for these constituents. By using the term, intellectual disabilities, the definition is becomes broader and encompass far more mental and physical issues that the original definition for mental retardation. Intellectual disabilities's definition includes alcoholism, drug addiction, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, bipolar and other host of other mental ailments. The repercussions may be felt when the County pursues funding. Potentially, the scope of some programs will need to be adjusted to accommodate the new issues within the definition. This could make a much larger populations eligible for existing programs which would stretch the County's existing capacity beyond the budget. Funding is the next challenge. The new term could possibly disqualify existing programs from applying for traditional funding streams. The competition for the funding with the broader definition will be fierce and have very different criteria. This could require a complete revamp of existing programs. In short, the change of a term to soften the negative tone could end up making life very difficult for those that most need help and protection under the existing term. My hope is that I'm wrong in this assessment.