4/6 State Institutions in MA have been closed since 2008

In December 2008, Governor Deval Patrick accepted a recommendation from EOHHS Secretary JudyAnn Bigby and DDS Commissioner Elin Howe to reduce the state's operation from six to two institutions, noting that the system, which once housed over 10,000 people with developmental disabilities had dwindled to serving less than 900 people, while the community system had grown to serving more than 30,000 people in both the private provider system and state operated programs. The Patrick administration was successful in closing the Monson, Glavin, Templeton, and Fernald Developmental Centers.