The Gen­eral As­sem­bly also gets a say about Va.’s train­ing cen­ters

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - Jane Pow­ell, Rich­mond The writer is pres­i­dent of Cen­tral Vir­ginia Train­ing Cen­ter Fam­i­lies and Friends.

The Feb. 18 Metro ar­ti­cle “A trou­bling fu­ture for the dis­abled,” about Vir­ginia’s plan to close its train­ing cen­ters for the in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled, stated that four of the five “are to be shut­tered by 2020.” But this is a de­ci­sion that has yet to be made.

On Aug. 23, District Judge John Gib­ney is­sued a rul­ing in which he stated, “Noth­ing in the de­cree com­pels Vir­ginia to close any fa­cil­ity. . . . The Court rec­og­nizes that the Vir­ginia De­part­ment of Be­hav­ioral Health and Devel­op­men­tal Ser­vices is try­ing to move away from a care model with Train­ing Cen­ters, but the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion whether to close any Train­ing Cen­ter lies not with the De­part­ment but with the leg­is­la­ture.” The Vir­ginia Gen­eral As­sem­bly is con­sid­er­ing its op­tions.

The de­part­ment has re­quested ever-in­creas­ing fund­ing to im­ple­ment its own plan, which it has doggedly pur­sued in de­fi­ance of the terms of the state’s agree­ment with the Jus­tice De­part­ment over the cen­ters.

Most train­ing cen­ter fam­i­lies are un­al­ter­ably op­posed to dis­charge. Vir­ginia’s com­mu­nity ca­pac­ity and pro­tec­tions are in­suf­fi­cient, as is the de­part­ment’s re­spect for the Supreme Court’s Olm­stead rul­ing re­gard­ing the proper place­ment of peo­ple with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

Most train­ing cen­ter fam­i­lies are un­al­ter­ably op­posed to the plan to close th­ese fa­cil­i­ties.

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