Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Center Closure Plan Progress

In 1992, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) announced that it planned to close all 20 of its developmental centers by the year 2000, and treat all of its clients in community-based settings. We examined OMRDD's progress in achieving this goal and found that, as of September 30, 1998, 12 of the 20 Centers had been closed and the client population at the Centers had been reduced from 27,000 to 1,400. We note that, in the course of closing these centers, OMRDD was effective at redeploying Center staff into community-based programs. However, we also found that OMRDD has fallen behind schedule in closing the remaining centers and will not achieve its goal by the year 2000. We further found that, even though OMRDD is required by law to report annually on its closure progress, OMRDD has provided no progress reports since 1993. We recommend that OMRDD comply with this reporting requirement. We also recommend actions that can help OMRDD dispose of closed centers and reduce the costs of maintaining such centers until they are disposed of.

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