Advocates want residents out of Clover Bottom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Advocates for people with intellectual disabilities want the long-delayed closure of the Clover Bottom Developmental Center for people with intellectual disabilities to move forward as quickly as possible.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1j1vqPn) the 90-year-old institution has been under court oversight for nearly two decades, but there still are ongoing health and safety concerns for its 40 residents.

And the cost to taxpayers has reached $511,000 per resident each year.

On Thursday, state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Debra Payne abruptly fired the Clover Bottom director and another top official.

Payne said it was part of the process of preparing to move residents into housing in the community.

But some advocates say a change of leadership won't help Clover Bottom because the institutional structure is the problem.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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