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6:59 am
Tue July 24, 2012

DHS Commission to Discuss Center Closing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The possibility of closing a facility in Pauls Valley that houses some of Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents will be discussed during a regular meeting of the panel that oversees the Department of Human Services.

The Commission for Human Services will meet Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

The commission is expected to receive comments from groups that represent residents of both the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.

A legislative analysis last year estimated that the two facilities are in need of an estimated $30 million in repairs.

DHS experts have recommended downsizing the facilities and transitioning most of the residents into community-based settings for care. But that plan has been bitterly rejected by some family members of residents.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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