Va. Congressmen: Keep Centers for Disabled Open

By: AP
By: AP

July 18, 2014

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Eight Virginia congressmen are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to slow the closing of state residential centers for the disabled.

In a letter to McAuliffe, the delegation says there is a shortage of other service options and many families have had trouble finding alternatives for the needs of their disabled family members.

The centers are closing as part of a $2.4 billion federal settlement to end the warehousing of hundreds of people in Virginia. One center already has closed - the Southside Virginia Training Center in Dinwiddie.

Four others remain open.

The News & Advance says the letter also notes that the state just launched an effort to explore options for keeping more of the training centers open. The congressmen say the state should await those findings.

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