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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-142


Public Hearing on Declining Resident Population at White Haven Center

[30 Pa.B. 445]

   The Department of Public Welfare (Department) will hold a public hearing on the declining resident population at White Haven Center. The hearing will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2000 from 7 p.m.--9 p.m. at the Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 33 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA.

   State Law requires the Department of Public Welfare to hold a public hearing on any state mental health or mental retardation facility within 30 days of a closure announcement or following a downsizing of 20% or more.

   The decrease in patient population at White Haven Center is a result of numerous factors, primarily successful community placement of individuals with mental retardation into small community homes, which provide alternatives to state center treatments and living arrangements.

   Individuals or organizations wishing to testify should contact Tom Harfman, Regional Director at (570) 963-4391 by February 2, 2000. Persons who require special accommodations are asked to inform the Department at the time of scheduling.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-142. Filed for public inspection January 21, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

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