- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state senator from Enid is proposing to sell state-owned facilities in Pauls Valley and Enid where some of the state’s most severely disabled residents are cared for in an effort to stop a plan to shutter the two campuses.

Sen. Patrick Anderson said Wednesday his bill proposes the two campuses be offered for sale to the municipalities where they are located. Anderson said his hope is that the municipality could lease the facility to a private contractor who could then operate it for the current residents.

The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services voted in 2012 to close down the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley by April, and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center at Enid by August 2015. The centers’ 231 residents will be transitioned to community-based homes.

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