An advocate for residents of the Jacksonville Developmental Center thinks the choking death of a resident last weekend can be tied to the upheaval surrounding the pending closure of the facility.
Lonnie Johns contends staff is being shuffled around to compensate for workers who have left before their jobs are eliminated. Johns says he fears JDC could become like the Lincoln Developmental Center, where 29 patients died after the state decided to close it a decade ago.
Meanwhile, a state lawmaker wants an investigation of the company hired by the state to oversee the shutdown of JDC. Republican Representative John Cavaletto of Salem says Community Resource Associates has been accused of ignoring advice from medical staff and family of JDC residents… and of rushing to move residents out before thorough reviews of their status are completed.
The company is trying to meet an October 31st deadline to close JDC, although it does not appear that everyone will be moved out by that time.