I attended the Murray Parent's Association meeting on Sept. 9. Also in attendance was Kevin Casey, the director of developmental disabilities for the Department of Human Services, and the man in charge of carrying out Gov. Quinn's plan to close Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.
At that meeting, Casey requested that the parents and guardians be proactive in helping with the transitioning of their loved ones from Murray Center. Although I believe my son, Darby, is best cared for at Murray Center, I decided that I should investigate several of the "community placements" that are supposed to be available.
On Sept. 21 I sent a letter to Casey asking for a list of all willing and qualified providers south of Interstate 70, and their contact information, so I could find my son a safe home should he no longer be able to live at Murray Center. I kindly asked Casey to send me the information by Oct. 30.
To date, I have received nothing from Casey. No list, no response, no acknowledgment of my request. Casey and his team requested my involvement in the transition process for my son, but have chosen to ignore my simple request. They say they have our loved one's best interests at heart, but actions speak louder than words.
Oh behalf of all Murray's residents, tell Gov. Quinn to give us some answers. Contact him at 207 State House, Springfield, Ill. 62706 or call (217) 782-0244 or his website, www.illinois.gov/gov.
Marsha D. Holzhauer