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January 8, 2014

Second buyout offer: NORCE facility sheds clients

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ENID, Okla. — Future fights

Even as NORCE rumbles down the track toward shutting down, the fight to keep at least some part of it alive remains. Local legislators have asked Gov. Mary Fallin to keep an open mind to other options, and state Rep. Mike Jackson, R-Enid, who is the No. 2 leader in the Oklahoma House, has made it clear he believes some NORCE residents will be better off remaining under institutionalized care.

There may be legislation offered this year that tries to change NORCE’s future, but Fallin has said community-based care is the best option, and she’s not open to compromise on the issue.

Ideally, Jackson has said, there should be some sort of state-operated residential care facility for the developmentally disabled.

NORCE’s sister facility in Pauls Valley, Southern Oklahoma Resource Center, is on a faster track to the end. It will close in April, DHS says.

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