Senate And House Democrats Call On Governor To Halt Closure Of State Developmental Centers
Planned closing of facilities in Youngstown and Dayton deserve further review
 
 

Columbus –State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard), State Representative Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) and State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) sent a letter to Governor Kasich this week urging him to postpone the transfer of residents from the Youngstown and Montgomery Development Centers.  The four Mahoning Valley legislators have sponsored legislation to establish a State Facilities Closure Review Commission to determine if the facilities should remain open.

The letter says the following in calling for the Governor to halt the closure of the facilities:

“Hearings are already underway on legislation—Senate Bill 62 sponsored by Senators Schiavoni and Cafaro and House Bill 73 sponsored by Representatives Lepore-Hagan and Gerberry—to create a State Facilities Closure Review Commission. Additionally, a version of this legislation was amended into House Bill 64 recently passed by the Ohio House of Representatives. As we continue our efforts in the Senate to ensure this provision stays in the budget, we hope that we can work with your administration to prevent any further displacement of residents at this time. 

“We are committed to ensuring full vetting of every aspect of this process and engaging stakeholders to find the best solutions. Although community based and private group home care can be a successful alternative for some, it is the consensus of the families and residents affected by this recent decision that institutional care should still be considered as an adequate way to address their needs.”  

A copy of the entire letter can be read here.

 
 
 
  
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Columbus –State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard), State Representative Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) and State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) sent a letter to Governor Kasich this week urging him to postpone the transfer of residents from the Youngstown and Montgomery Development Centers.  The four Mahoning Valley legislators have sponsored legislation to establish a State Facilities Closure Review Commission to determine if the facilities should remain open.