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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-39



Public Hearing on Declining Resident Population at Polk Center

[30 Pa.B. 90]

   The Department of Public Welfare (Department) will hold a public hearing on the declining resident population at Polk Center. The hearing will be held on Friday, January 14, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Rocky Grove Fire Hall, 29 Wood Street, Franklin, Venango County.

   State law requires the Department 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 Polk 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 arrangement.

   Individuals or organizations wishing to testify should contact Mary Puskarich, Regional Director at (412) 565-5144 by January 7, 2000. Anyone requiring special accommodations is asked to inform the Department at the time of scheduling.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-39. Filed for public inspection December 30, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

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