PA DHS: White Haven Center Will Close

August 14, 2019 - 11:59 am

The PA Department of Human services  today announced the closure of and White Haven State Center in Luzerne County and Polk State Center in Venango County. The closure process is expected to take about three years. Both centers are intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. According to a release from DHS "The closures reflect the Wolf Administration’s work to serve more people in the community, reduce reliance on institutional care, and improve access to home- and community-based services so every Pennsylvanian can live an everyday life.

White Haven currently serves 112  residents at its 192-acre campus. 

DHS will hold public hearings within 30 days of the closure announcement to accept comment about the closure from stakeholders, officials, and the community.

Hearings are scheduled for:White Haven State Center – Thursday, September 12, 1 p.m. – Hazleton One Community Center, 225 E. 4th St, Hazleton 

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