Senate Subcommittee Considers Concerns From CVTC Parents

Opponents say the numbers are not adding up” on Virginia’s plan to close four of its five Training centers. A spokesperson for parents of residents in the Central Virginia Training Center, told a Senate subcommittee this week no private homes exist that can care for their profoundly challenged children. The state signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice two years ago to move people out of its training centers. CVTC in Madison Heights was one of two facilities represented by parents’ groups of severely disabled people speaking with the state Senate Health and Human Resources panel on Monday. According to the group 300 residents of training centers have moved into community-based housing; six people who had moved out of training centers died in the last six months of 2013; the families of another 400 have refused to move their relatives.

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