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Online petition pushes to keep SWVTC open

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Parents work to keep centers for intellectually disabled from closing

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

WOODLAWN — An online petition to keep open Virginia’s training centers for the intellectually disabled, including the facility in Carroll County, has set a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures against the action.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in early 2012 that the state planned to close four of the five training centers, reduce the fifth in Chesapeake to 75 beds and transition residents into community-based programs.
The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close by 2018, with all closures in the state to be completed by 2020.


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