RD339 - Fiscal Year 2017 Training Center Closure Plan 1st Quarter Update – October 1, 2016
This report serves as an update to Item 314.L. 2013 Acts of Assembly and provides the additional information required in Item 307 L. The closure plan was published on January 10, 2014 and the first training center, Southside Virginia Training Center (SVTC), closed in May 2014. As of March 2016, Northern Virginia Training Center officially closed operations. Southwest Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) and Central Virginia Training Center (CVTC) are scheduled to close on the target dates as noted below.
Table 1: Training Center Closure Schedule
Training Center: Southwest Virginia Training Center (SWVTC), Closure Date: June 30, 2018
Training Center: Central Virginia Training Center (CVTC), Closure Date: June 30, 2020
Training Center: Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC), Closure Date: Remains Open
In January 2012, former Governor McDonnell proposed the closure of four state training centers for the following reasons:
• Virginia’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requires significant expansion of the community-based system of services for individuals with developmental disabilities over a ten-year period;
• Virginia currently maintains a list of over 10,500 individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) waiting for Home and Community Based waiver services. In order to support the move of individuals from the training centers into the community additional resources are required. The average cost of supporting individuals in training centers in FY 2016 was $343,063 per person, up from $294,263 in FY 2015. The cost per person is projected to continue to increase due to the fixed costs allocated to a declining census in the facilities as well as discharges and natural deaths. The average cost of supporting former residents who have moved into community homes since 2011 is currently $138,279.
• With the current projected downsizing and continued movement of individuals from all the training centers and the projected requests of representatives of residents at SWVTC and CVTC, DBHDS projects that SEVTC will be able to meet transfer requests from the current training centers.