Center for disabled scheduled to close
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is closing a center for people with intellectual disabilities, a decision that state officials say means about 80 residents will instead be cared for in homes and with community-based services.
The Department of Human Services said it will shut down the Hamburg State Center, about 20 miles north of Reading, over the coming two years.
The number of people in state centers in Pennsylvania has fallen from nearly 3,000 two decades ago to just under 900.
The state is also closing the civil section of Norristown State Hospital.