Great letter from our good friend Krescene Beck in Decatur in todays State Journal


Letter: Applauds judge’s ruling on Murray closure

I am writing to applaud the court’s ruling supporting the closure of the Murray
Developmental Center.

This is a victory for the disability community, allowing people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities the opportunity to live beyond a state-operated
developmental center and be a part of a community of choice closer to family and

Federal Judge Marvin E. Aspen stated that the “community can provide the same if
not better services than state-operated institutions,” and I couldn’t agree more.
Supported by individualized, person-centered supports and services, community
living offers all people with disabilities the opportunity to thrive and lead fulfilling
lives in the community.

The transition process provides each individual with a customized, person-centered
plan to meet individual needs that includes 24-hour care, 365 days a year.

Judge Aspen further added, “The initiative seeks to make community-based
treatment a reality for more Illinois citizens who need and desire it, using the Active
Community Care Transition process to help determine whether the community can
accommodate a particular individual.”

Even after the closure of Murray, Illinois still will have six state-operated facilities
that serve more than 1,500 people with disabilities, making Illinois one of the most
institutionalized states in the nation.

Judge Aspen’s ruling will help guide Illinois in the right direction and is in line with
the national trend. People with disabilities should not be separate and deserve to
live with choices, freedoms and equality.

Krescene Beck

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)