Tennessee closes last state-run home for intellectual disabilties
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) The Greene Valley Developmental Center is closing after five decades of operation.
The final two residents are moving into their new homes on Friday.
This is significant for the state because Greene Valley was the last large, state run home for those suffering intellectual disabilities.
The modern trend is getting people in their care back into communities.
13 other states and the District of Columbia have eliminated state homes.
“People who lived at Greene Valley are now living rewarding lives in their communities,” Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) Commissioner Debra K. Payne said. “We are closing an important chapter in the history of supporting people with disabilities in Tennessee. It’s important to celebrate the huge advancements we’ve made, while remembering the important role Greene Valley played for 56 years.”
1100 people once lived at Greene Valley.