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September 2, 2014, 4:14 am
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Relocation of Residents of Developmental Centers Slow Going


A disability rights activist is complaining about the slow pace of transitioning residents out of the Jacksonville Developmental Center and other facilities slated for closure.

 

Don Moss tells Capitol Fax that the overall population of developmental centers statewide is down by only about 15 residents out of a total population of more than 2,000. He notes that 14 people have been moved out of JDC since April, but at other centers, the population has stayed the same or increased.

 

Governor Pat Quinn has pledged to close the large institutions and move their population to smaller community-based programs, but staff and parents at JDC and elsewhere say the move will jeopardize the well-being of residents.

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