I am concerned about the state’s decison to change the Porterville Development Center from general treatment into secure treatment and move the population currently housed in the general treatment area.
This choice does not take into account the people who will be displaced. There does not seem to be a clear answer on where they will go or the effect this will have on them.
My brother is developmentally challenged and lives at the PDC. Years ago, he was in a group home where he was physically abused. When this was discovered, he entered the Porterville facility. Since then, he has maintained good health and exudes happiness in his environment. His care has allowed him to reach the remarkable age of 51.
The change would turn his home over to convicted criminals. This change is disgraceful and may cause severe health and emotional problems to those being displaced; I fear that many of their conditions will take a turn for the worst.
We all need to speak and act for those without the ability to do so on their own. It’s a sad day if the well-being of criminals is more important than that of the developmentally challenged.
Rhonda Whitlock, Visalia