Years after federal investigation, Greene Valley Developmental Center closes


A Greene County facility that was subject to a 1995 federal investigation into unfit conditions has permanently closed its doors.

A report issued Friday by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities says the Greene Valley Developmental Center helped its final two patients transition into privately-held care institutions, marking the operation's closing after 56 years.

"People who lived at Greene Valley are now living rewarding lives in their communities," DIDD Commissioner Debra Payne said in the prepared statement, thanking the county, employees and other for their support and care of those with intellectual disabilities.

The investigation 22 years ago was brought about by disability advocate groups and uncovered such problems as abuse, inadequate staffing and insufficient medical care. The facility was ordered to close as a result of a lawsuit.

Tennessee now becomes the 13th state in the U.S. to end large institutionalized care for those with intellectual disabilities, the agency reported.

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