Montana Developmental Center

More MDC Residents Moving To Group Homes

Jan 12, 2016
A plaque with MDC's mission statement hangs on the wall.
Steve Jess

Yesterday a panel of state lawmakers heard that 21 of the 52 people currently housed at Montana Developmental Center in Boulder will be moved to group homes around the state over the next seven months.

The MDC Transition Advisory Committee voted to refurbish the center’s twelve-bed Administrative Segregation Unit, as a refuge for those who can’t make it in a group-home.
Dan Boyce

The committee charged with closing the Montana Developmental Center has voted to keep part of the Boulder facility open indefinitely.

Fifteen MDC Clients To Move Out Next Month

Aug 27, 2015
Committee members tour the common room in the high security Assessment and Stabilization Unit, or ASU.   Up to four residents share the building.  The furniture is designed to resist damage.
Steve Jess

Fifteen residents of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder will be moved to group homes over the next month, in part because of a staff shortage at the Center.

Committee members tour a former operating room in the MDC's old medical wing, which is now used to house communications equipment.
Steve Jess

Earlier this year the Montana Legislature voted to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder and transition its roughly 60 clients to community based group homes. A committee of lawmakers and community members has been working out the details of the transition. Thursday that committee took a tour of the MDC campus in Boulder. This slideshow from MTPR Capitol Reporter Steve Jess shows some of the things the committee saw at MDC.

The MDC Transition Advisory Committee voted to refurbish the center’s twelve-bed Administrative Segregation Unit, as a refuge for those who can’t make it in a group-home.
Dan Boyce

Since the Montana Legislature voted earlier this year to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder and transition its roughly 60 clients to community based group homes, a committee of lawmakers and community members has been working out the details of the transition. Thursday that committee took a tour of the MDC campus in Boulder.

The MDC Transition Advisory Committee voted to refurbish the center’s twelve-bed Administrative Segregation Unit, as a refuge for those who can’t make it in a group-home.
Dan Boyce

Monday in Helena, an appointed committee began preparations to close the Montana Developmental Center (MDC) and put its clients into community-based treatment. The panel is also being asked to deal with sinking employee morale.

House Reverses Course, Votes To Close MDC

Apr 17, 2015
William Marcus

The Montana House has reversed course, voting late this afternoon to close the Montana Developmental Center over the next two years.  The bill had been defeated yesterday, but was brought up again today with an amendment that gives families of MDC’s clients more input, as well as studying new uses for the Center’s campus in Boulder.

    

The Montana House Thursday narrowly voted against closing the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder.  But hours later house members reconsidered, and will debate and vote on the measure again this afternoon. 

A House panel is considering whether Montana Developmental Center in Boulder should be closed, after multiple reports of clients being physically or sexually assaulted. MDC treats people with developmental disabilities, who are sent there by court order.  

Bernadette Franks-Ongoy, who heads Disability Rights Montana, says ongoing reports of physical and sexual abuse against clients justify closing the center, and transferring its residents to community-based group homes.

The MDC Transition Advisory Committee voted to refurbish the center’s twelve-bed Administrative Segregation Unit, as a refuge for those who can’t make it in a group-home.
Dan Boyce

The Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder is trimming about ten percent from its budget following cuts handed down by the state legislature.

The facility provides treatment to people with developmental disabilities whose aggressive behavior has led the courts to determine they pose a risk to themselves or others. Those in charge at MDC say they are working to make the $1.5 million in annual cuts without compromising safety or standard of care.

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