Company hired to run center for developmentally disabled

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - State officials say a private company has been hired to run the Alexander Human Development Center beginning Monday, to fix long-standing problems at the facility for the developmentally disabled.

State officials have said they can't handle the problems on their own.  The contract announced Friday calls for New Jersey-based Developmental Disabilities Health Management to be paid $841,000 to operate the facility in Alexander, in Saline County south of Little Rock, for about six months.

The move was carried out by officials of the state Department of Human Services at the request of Gov. Mike Beebe.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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