Not so easy to close developmental centers

February 19, 2014 

Letter writer Missy Kichline doesn't know much about the Murray Center residents. Few can talk, let alone express a preference for where they live. That is why we are guardians of our sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters -- we act in their stead, making life decisions for them.

Only 13 of 50 states have closed their developmental disabilities centers. One state, Georgia, is re-opening its developmental disabilities centers. Families in New Jersey are fighting the efforts of the tainted Gov. Chris Christie to close one of the New Jersey centers.

And we are fighting with guardians of the disabled across Illinois, beyond Murray Center's residents, to fight the efforts of Gov. Pat Quinn to close Murray Center and make pawns of our loved ones. These closures are bad health policy and driven by political agendas and corporate interests, not the best interests of severely disabled people.

Karen Kelly

O'Fallon

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