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Ohio Names Two Institutions Scheduled To Close
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 7, 2003

COLUMBUS, OHIO--The state of Ohio will close two state-run institutions housing people with developmental disabilities over the next three and a half years, Governor Bob Taft's office announced Wednesday.

Springview Developmental Center, which houses 86 people and employs 179 staff members, will close by June 30, 2005.

Apple Creek Developmental has 181 residents and 381 employees and is scheduled for closure by June 30, 2006.

Officials said the current residents would have the choice between moving into a home in the community or transferring to one of Ohio's 10 other state-operated institutions.

The announcement comes as Ohio faces a financial crisis that will cut agency budgets by $121 million this year and freeze or reduce growth to state budgets in the next fiscal year.

"We don't have the money in our budget to keep the centers running," said Kenneth W. Ritchey, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, in a press statement.

The Springview facility, built in 1910, is the oldest in the state. Its annual budget is about $11 million, or $371 per person per day, according to MRDD statistics. The Apple Creek facility was built in 1931. The state spends an average of $364 per resident per day, or $24 million a year.

The state employee unions and parents of those housed in the two institutions vowed to fight the state in its decision.

Related:
"Apple Creek to close" (Beacon Journal)

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