- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A committee has voted to keep part of the Montana Developmental Center open beyond 2017 as a place of last resort for patients in crisis.

The Legislature voted this year to close the Boulder center for people with developmental disabilities and mental health issues.

The center is to close in 2017 after transferring its patients to private group homes.

But Montana Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1lBfvNA ) the MDC Transition Advisory Committee voted Thursday to refurbish and keep open a 12-bed unit at the center as a place for patients who can’t cope in a group home.

Committee Chairman Dan Villa says the state will be the provider of last resort if a patient acts out or has a crisis.

It will cost an estimated $1.5 million to keep the unit open.

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