White Haven Center Slated For Closure By State

The state Department of Human Services has announced it plans to close White Haven Center in Luzerne County. The center provides full-time care for more than 100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A public hearing on the closure of White Haven Center will be held on September 12th in Hazleton. The state also announced intentions to close Polk Center in Venango County in Western Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth has steadily closed most state centers since the best practices in the 1960s turned toward community-based settings and away from institutions. Fifty years ago, the department served more than 13,000 people with intellectual disabilities in state-operated facilities, but today fewer than 720 receive care in such facilities.