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Agnews Developmental Center To Close In June 2007, Official Says
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 14, 2005

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA--The state of California has decided to hold off closing Agnews Developmental Center until community-based services are in place.

Those supports are expected to be developed by June 2007, a state official told the San Jose Mercury News.

Located in San Jose, Agnews currently houses 345 people with developmental disabilities.

Cliff Allenby, director of the state's Department of Developmental Services, said on January 8 that the department plans to create homes for about 120 residents in community settings. These would provide a much higher level of medical services and more stringent monitoring than traditional group homes. Each new home would house no more than five people.

About 50 current Agnews residents would move to Sonoma Developmental Center, another state-run institution.

The rest of the residents would be moved to small non-profit community homes.

About 200 of the 1,308 employees currently working at Agnews would be involved in helping the residents transition to community supports.

The department had originally planned to close Agnews by July 2005.

"We're very pleased. We think it's very reflective of the public process and all the work that hundreds of people put in," Jim Burton told the San Mateo County Times.

"It fully funds all of the initiatives we've requested to strengthen the community service system so that we can properly serve the people from Agnews," explained Burton who is executive director of the Regional Center for the East Bay which oversees community services in the area.


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