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