Monday, October 17, 2011

Developmental Center Closing Case

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- A Montgomery circuit judge heard arguments Monday in the W.D. Partlow Developmental Center closing lawsuit and gave parties until Monday to file more briefs on a motion to dismiss the case.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese told the lawyers for plaintiff Louise McRae to respond to the state’s motion to dismiss her lawsuit by Thursday. The state has until Monday to enter its reaction to McRae’s brief.
McRae filed a lawsuit against the Department of Mental Health over plans to close the Partlow Center no later than Nov. 30 and move eligible residents into community homes.
Partlow, the state’s sole center for the intellectually disabled, has been home for McRae’s 61-year-old son, Mike, since 1973. She said she doesn’t want to move her son into a community-based facility as the department is urging her to prior to Nov. 30, the target date for Partlow’s closing.

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