Group Goes to Court to Block Closing of Center for Disabled
Opponents of a plan to close Arlington Developmental Center will argue in court tomorrow for a restraining order to stop the effort.
Little Rock, Ark., attorney Bill Sherman will ask U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald to block the plan, which would shut down the center within three years.
An agreement to close the facility was reached last month among the state, the U.S. Department of Justice and the advocacy group People First.
It calls for ''moving all Arlington residents into appropriate community programs over the next three years,'' said Jack Derryberry, attorney for People First in Nashville. It also would set up smaller, state-run homes for residents who need the most intensive care.
Many years ago, in an earlier life, I worked on some earlier proceedings in this case.