Jacksonville, Ill. Mental Health Center Closing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn is launching a major push to move mentally ill and disabled people out of institutions and into communities.

That means big changes for people in state care, economic blows to the towns where facilities will be closed and turmoil for the government employees.

Most advocates for the disabled back the plan but wonder whether sick or disabled people will get the necessary care in group homes or living with families.

Others wonder why the Jacksonville Developmental Center and the Tinley Park Mental Center are first on the list to close.

Quinn says they were picked first because they scored worst in rankings based on objective criteria like physical condition.

However, Quinn won’t release those rankings, so there’s no way to tell how Jacksonville compared to similar facilities.

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