Pipeline EXTRA! – DODD to Close Two Developmental Centers by June 2017

Montgomery and Youngstown Centers Slated for Closure

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Director John Martin today informed individuals, families, and staff, of the Department’s intent to close Montgomery Developmental Center and Youngstown Developmental Center by June 30, 2017. An official public announcement is slated for February 20. The state’s other eight Developmental Centers (DCs) will remain open, and will continue to serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities who have the most complex needs. Director Martin stated,

The decision to close two DCs was not made easily, and much thought was given to selecting which centers to close. Because the number of people living in state-operated DCs has declined by more than 40 percent during the last eight years — and will continue to decrease by about 90 people each year — it no longer makes sense to continue operating ten centers.”

Director Martin’s announcement noted that the Montgomery and Youngstown centers offered the most transitional opportunities and options for the individuals who live there, and for the staff who work there. He stated, “It’s important to note that this is not a reflection on the staff who work in Montgomery and Youngstown. The staff at each of the centers are dedicated to the people they serve, and provide quality services to each individual. Our decisions are based on the needs of individuals to live in the least restrictive settings appropriate to their needs, and on the sustainability of a quality service system.”

DODD leadership is committed to helping everyone involved during this transition, and we understand that changes such as these are difficult for the residents, their families, and staff. Residents of the Montgomery and Youngstown centers will have the option to move to another DC, move to a small Intermediate Care Facility, or move into another community-based residential setting.

A personalized transition plan will be developed for each resident to make each move as smooth as possible. Staff also will receive assistance in finding similar employment at another DC, or in the public or private sector. More information will be available beginning today at the DODD Our Future website, including Frequently Asked Questions. In addition, a new DODD Budget and Developmental Center Hotline may be accessed toll-free at 855-611-6446 (OHIO), or call 614-728-5311.