- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - In a story June 3 about the closure of the Montana Developmental Center, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. Robyn Driscoll of Billings was the bill’s sponsor. Democratic Sen. Mary Caferro of Helena was the bill sponsor.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Panel chosen to oversee Montana Developmental Center closure

Committee chosen to oversee Montana Developmental Center closure over next 2 years


Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 15-member committee has been chosen to help facilitate the closure of the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder over the next two years.

Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday announced his 11 picks for the Montana Developmental Center transition planning committee. His choices include two family members of those with severe disabilities committed to MDC, a representative of MDC employees and providers of community-based developmental services, among others.

Bullock appointed Disability Rights Montana Board member Charlie Briggs, Montana Developmental Center Workforce representative Erik Burke; two family members or guardians of someone committed to MDC - Dianna Crawford and Carol Dailey; Department of Public Health and Human Services representative Mary Dalton; Jefferson County Commissioner Bob Mullen; Missoula Developmental Services Corporation CEO Fran Sadowski; Community Mental Health Centers representative Carl Seilstad; Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities executive director Deborah Swingley; Bullock’s health and families policy adviser Tara Veazey; and state budget director Dan Villa.

The other four members named by legislative leadership include Democratic Sen. Robyn Driscoll of Billings, Democratic Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell of Helena, and Republicans Sen. Fred Thomas of Stevensville and Rep. Kirk Wagoner of Montana City. Wagoner was a vocal opponent of the center’s closure during the legislative session.

Lawmakers struggled with the decision to close the facility known for cases of abuse and neglect but in April, passed a bill to shutter it.

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