Developmental Center Closure


On February 20, Director Martin announced the closure of Montgomery Developmental Center and Youngstown Developmental Center by June 30, 2017. The state's other eight Developmental Centers (DC) will remain open and continue to serve Ohioans with the most complex needs.

The decision to close two DCs was not one DODD made easily, and much thought went in to selecting which DCs to close. Because the number of people living in DCs has declined by more than 40 percent in the last eight years, and will continue to decrease by about 90 people each year, it no longer makes sense to continue operating ten centers. Selecting Montgomery and Youngstown as the centers to close offered the most opportunities for the individuals who live there, and the staff who work there. It's important to note that this is not a reflection of the staff who work in Montgomery and Youngstown – the staff who work in the centers are a dedicated, caring group who provides quality, caring service.

We know this is a difficult time for individuals and families, and staff. DODD is committed to helping everyone through this transition. Residents of Montgomery and Youngstown will have the option to move to another DC, to a small Intermediate Care Facility, or into a community setting; DODD will work with you to review these options, and develop a personalized transition plan to make the move as easy as possible. Staff will received assistance in finding a job at another DC, or in the public or private sector; each closing DC will have a full time employee to help you with job placement, as needed.

You can find more information on the Our Future website, including an overview, and Frequently Asked Questions. Watch the website for more information. If you have questions, please contact your superintendent. You also can call DODD's Budget and Developmental Center Closure hotline toll-free at 855-611-6446 (OHIO) or 614-728-5311.