Rep. Lepore-Hagan Calls For Halt Of Resident Relocation From Youngstown Developmental Center
Bi-partisan effort to review decision to close facility remain ongoing
 
 

In February, the Youngstown Developmental Center received notice that it would be one of two centers in the state shutting down over the next two years, but residents are already beginning to be moved out of the facility that they have long called home. 


State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), who is working with colleagues across the aisle to halt the closures until they can be studied further, sent a letter to the Governor today asking him to halt the premature moving of residents until after the budget deliberations are concluded.


“The Youngstown Development Center is an important community asset that has provided services to a vulnerable population for over thirty years,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan said in her letter. “Our community deserves the chance to have its voice heard, and I again urge you to halt the removal of residents from the Youngstown Developmental Center while budget deliberations remain ongoing.” 


Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton) also sent a similar letter to the Governor echoing the sentiment. 


The full text of the letter is below:


March 31, 2015


Dear Governor Kasich:


Since the announcement was made that the state would be closing the Youngstown and Montgomery Developmental Centers, there has been a dramatic outpouring of support for these facilities in the community. Residents, their families, and workers have all banded together to urge that the facilities remain open, even making the long drive down to Columbus to plead their case before the Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. One after the other, each testimony passionately carried the same important message: our community wants and needs this facility to remain open.


Meanwhile, I have reached across the aisle with Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton) to submit a bi-partisan budget amendment that would establish a study committee to review the closure of state facilities, including the two developmental centers. The State Facilities Closure Review Commission included in our amendment would provide for a more transparent and inclusive review process before any final decisions are made to shutter a state facility.


Unfortunately, I have heard from constituents that the first residents are already being moved out of the Youngstown Developmental Center. I believe any efforts to move people out of the facilities should cease and desist while ongoing bi-partisan efforts are made in the budget to establish the State Facilities Closure Review Commission. 


The Youngstown Development Center is an important community asset that has provided services to a vulnerable population for over thirty years. Our community deserves the chance to have its voice heard, and I again urge you to halt the removal of residents from the Youngstown Developmental Center while budget deliberations remain ongoing. 


Sincerely,


Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan
House District 58


 

 
 
 
  
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