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Ohio to close two state-operated disability centers
One is in Youngstown and one outside Dayton
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Karen Kasler
 
John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
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The state says people with developmental disabilities at two centers it plans to close will have alternatives.

John Martin, the director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, told the House Finance Committee this week that there will be plenty of time for residents to be moved to one of the eight other state centers or into intermediate care facilities or group homes.
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“This will occur over a two-year-period of time, so they will have an opportunity to visit other centers that are remaining open and they can see the options there, as well as looking at options that would be available to them in the community should they choose to do that.”

The state says use of the centers in Youngstown and in Huber Heights, in suburban Dayton, has fallen 40 percent in the last eight years -- and continues to decrease by about 90 people each year.

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