HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania officials have announced plans to close two centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the next three years.
The Department of Human Services said Tuesday that public meetings will be held next month to gather comment on the plans to close the Polk State Center in Venango County in western Pennsylvania and the White Haven State Center in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County.READ MORE: Early Morning Fire Destroys Home in Fayette County
The Polk center currently serves 194 residents and the White Haven center serves 112 people.READ MORE: Federal Appeals Court Orders Masking Policy To Be Enforced In Upper St. Clair School District
Officials say the commonwealth has steadily closed most state centers since the 1960s “when best practices turned toward community-based settings and away from institutions.” Fifty years ago, the department served more than 13,000 people with intellectual disabilities in state-operated facilities, but today fewer than 720 receive care in such facilities.MORE NEWS: Washington Health System Updates Mask Requirements In Facilities
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)