Lawsuit to block closure of Oklahoma group home dismissed

The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - October 28, 2016 10:05 am

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) – A parent-guardian group representing residents of an Oklahoma institution for individuals with severe developmental disabilities has dismissed a lawsuit filed nearly two years ago in an unsuccessful attempt to halt the closure of a Pauls Valley facility.

The Oklahoman reports that the lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services sought to block the closure of the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center.

The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services voted for the closure in November 2012 before the commission disbanded.

The human services department turned the property over to the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

Attorney Jerry Colclazier, who represented the association, says they decided to dismiss the lawsuit because the transfer of property left association members without hope of getting the facility back for developmentally disabled clients.


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