Improvements in store for four Arkansas human development centers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials of the state Department of Human Services say they plan major improvements at four human development centers at Arkadelphia, Booneville, Jonesboro and Warren, using money from one at Alexander that is being shut down.

DHS leaders told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that they learned a lot from upgrading a sixth center, at Conway, and now they now want to make similar changes to the others. Charlie Green, head of the Developmental Disability Services Division of DHS, said plans call for center staffs at Arkadelphia, Booneville, Jonesboro and Warren to be boosted to bring them in line with Conway's numbers.

The Conway facility has, on average, 2.2 employees for every resident, compared with 1.7 in Arkadelphia, 1.8 in Jonesboro, 2 in Warren and 2.3 in Booneville.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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