Virginia center for disabled lays off 81; closure set for 2020

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. (AP) – A state residential center for the disabled in Amherst County has laid off 81 workers as part of a shutdown plan.

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services tells media outlets that Central Virginia Training Center gave 30-day layoff notices to 71 full-time and 10 part-time employees last week. Most of the affected employees are support staff.

The center in Madison Heights is scheduled to close in 2020 under a 2012 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to end the warehousing of disabled people.

A residential center in Petersburg closed in 2014. Another center in Fairfax is scheduled to close in 2016. The Southeastern Virginia Training Center in Chesapeake is expected to remain open.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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