OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A proposal to close a care center for the developmentally disabled by an Oklahoma Department of Human Services commissioner is opposed by parents and guardians of those living at the center.
The Oklahoman reports that commissioner Michael Peck proposes closing the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center for the developmentally disabled in Pauls Valley by Aug. 13, 2013.
The plan calls for transferring 46 of the 124 residents of to the state's other residential care center for the developmentally disabled in Enid The remainder would be transitioned into community-based homes.
Parents and guardians of residents at the two centers who oppose the plan cite a phenomenon called transitional trauma in which the death rates of developmentally disabled people can rise when they are forced to adopt a different lifestyle.
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