The Arc Pennsylvania Commends Decision to Close Hamburg State Center

The Arc Pennsylvania commends the decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to close the Hamburg State Center and transition its residents to community-based living.  This outcome is a result of The Arc Pennsylvania’s advocacy efforts in this area which have been ongoing since the chapter was successful in the 1970s in bringing about the closure of the Pennhurst institution.  While conditions in state institutions have improved since the days of Pennhurst, these facilities still segregate people with I/DD from the community.