Kasich nixes commission to review YDC closing

Youngstown Developmental Center location in Mineral Ridge closing, family members protesting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed an amendment that would have created a commission to review proposed closures and consolidations of Ohio’s 10 developmental centers.

The amendment was a reaction to news that the Youngstown Developmental Center will close in 2017, leaving the future of its 86 residents and 272 staff members in question.

One of the amendment’s sponsors, State Senator Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, had harsh words about the veto, saying Kasich’s actions were a “slap in the face to families and dedicated employees who fought so hard to keep the developmental center open.”

The amendment would have created a 13-person panel to review the closing of the centers.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities says it’s not financially sustainable to continue running the state’s 10 centers as the number of individuals living in those centers is decreasing.

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