Writer seeks to keep MDC open


To the editor,

Ohio State Department of Developmental Disabilities director John Martin and Governor Kasich did not consider any of the thoughts and feelings of the clients who live at Montgomery Developmental Center as to their opinion of the Closure. Nor did they consider the thoughts and feelings of the parents, family members, guardians, caregivers and friends of the clients at Montgomery Developmental Center as to their opinion of the closure. None of the above are in favor of closing Montgomery Developmental Center. They want it to stay open.

State DODD director John Martin and Governor Kasich did not consider the thoughts and feelings of the local government of the city of Huber Heights, Ohio where Montgomery Developmental Center is located. Huber Heights City Council members want Montgomery Developmental Center and their disabled population to remain in Huber Heights. The city of Huber Heights loves Montgomery Developmental Center.

Legislators created legislation that the Ohio State Budget should allow for the creation of a closure commission. This closure commission would include a family member and a caregiver from each facility and would consider the closure of MDC and YDC more closely. This was voted on and passed by both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. However when it came before Governor Kasich, for passage, he instead, line item vetoed it out of existence. Now there is no representation from the Montgomery and Youngstown consumers (clients, families, guardians, caregivers, former teachers and friends and the cities of Huber Heights and Youngstown, Ohio).

Therefore our family has filed a complaint against the State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities for threatening our autistic son Tommy’s safety. Our prayer and objective is to keep Montgomery Developmental Center and Youngstown Developmental Center open for the needs of the severely developmentally disabled community.

If you agree with our cause, please write to Director John Martin, State of Ohio DODD, 30 East Broad St., 12th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3434 (DODD Hotline Phone 1-855-611-6446) or write to Governor John Kasich, Vern Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, 30th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (Governor’s Phone 614-466-3555).

Martha Doub