Consultant: Close Waterloo Center for Disabled People

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By Katie Stinson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors is considering a recommendation to close a 34-bed unit for disabled people.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the consultant gave the board a report last week that recommends closing an intermediate care facility for intellectually disabled people at the county-owned Country View Care Center. The report calls for moving the residents into smaller, community centers.

Consultant Thomas Pomeranz, president of Universal LifeStiles in Indianapolis, says residents live in an isolated area and are excluded from regular experiences, such as work and worship. Most residents never leave the facility.

The center is home to 24 men and 10 women.

Supervisor John Miller emphasized no decisions have been made, but he notes "we have the report and we have to do something about it."

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