Arc and Preliminary Results on Jacksonville Closure
I am headed back to Chicago today to meet with advocates on rebalancing.
The Dept of Disability and Human Development just released Preliminary Results Evaluation
of the Jacksonville Closure.
As I had expected, the finding are very similar to other studies of institutional closures in Illinois
and other states. The most important being that “Initially, the majority of guardians (83%) were
very/somewhat dissatisfied with JDC’s closure; however, the majority (89.2%) reported being
somewhat/very satisfied with their ward’s current living situation.”
No one reported their relative was significantly worse off.
Key Insights from individuals who moved out of Jacksonville were interviewed and indicated:
They felt sad when they heard JDC was closing but are very happy in their new homes;
They have more freedom and are taking on new responsibilities such as budgeting,
banking and laundry: