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A New World For People With Severe Developmental Disabilities
California Healthline

For decades, severely developmentally disabled people entrusted to public care were housed in large state-run institutions. Now, that era is coming to an end.

In less than six years, most residents of the three remaining institutions are likely to be transferred to group homes and other smaller community settings

The planned transfers have some families worried that their relatives won’t get the supervision they need. Others say community homes offer a sense of freedom they have not had before.

The state plans to move 776 patients out of facilities in Costa Mesa, Porterville and Sonoma. The only patients who won’t be moved, because they can’t be safely placed in the community, are some 200 developmentally disabled felons in a secure area at the Porterville site.