Governor Wants To Close Agnews, Move Residents To Community
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 10, 2003
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA--The budget proposal submitted Friday by Governor Gray Davis includes a plan for closing Agnews Developmental Center -- an institution housing hundreds of people with developmental disabilities -- by July 2005 and moving its residents into homes within the community.
According to local news sources, Davis's budget summary says this is "in keeping with the Administration's commitment to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the least restrictive setting possible."
The proposal calls for a team to assess the needs of current Agnews residents and identify what resources they will need to move successfully into the community. Some will likely be placed at other developmental center.
Approximately 3,660 people with developmental disabilities are housed in California's developmental centers, several hundred of those at Agnews. The number has been decreasing slowly for the last several years.