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Illinois: Jacksonville Developmental Center Closure Advisory Committee Demands Answers

The following is a letter sent to Kevin Casey, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Illinois Department of Human Services, by Rita Burke and Wayne Ryerson, members of the Jacksonville Developmental Center Closure Advisory Committee. Burke is also the President of the Illinois League of Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled, a statewide advocacy organization and VOR-affiliate representing residents of Illinois’ state-operated developmental centers (ICFs/MR) and their families.

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December 10, 2012

Dear Director Casey,

As members of the Jacksonville Developmental Center Closure Advisory Committee, we were notified by email on December 3rd that the December 12, 2012 meeting was cancelled due to "scheduling conflicts." As of today, we have not been notified of a rescheduled date.

This is alarming to us because since our last meeting, JDC was emptied and we have been informed that as many as 30 JDC residents were moved wholesale out of the facility to other SODCs as a temporary measure in order to close JDC by an arbitrarily determined date. This is certainly not on the person-centered timeline you promised.

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