Cen­ter for dis­abled sched­uled to close

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - STATE -

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.

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