While a revamped budget will keep state mental health facilities and centers for the developmentally disabled open, they will eventually be shut down under a plan by Gov. Pat Quinn. Over the 2½-3 years, Quinn wants to transition mental health and developmentally disabled residents into community care. “This is something that I think is in the best interest of the men and women who are in the facilities now,” Quinn said. He says those residents will have choices.
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Illinois has developmental centers in Anna, Centralia, Dixon, Dwight, Jacksonville, Kankakee, Park Forest and Waukegan. It’s still unclear which would be shuttered. Unions have long been opposed to closures because it would result in lost jobs for their members. The biggest advocates have been those in the developmentally disabled community who say these individuals should not be institutionalized.