The Going Home Campaign applauds the United States Department of Justice on their brief opposing the Murray Parents Association complaint seeking to prevent the closure of Murray Development Center. Their decision aligns with the national trend to close state institutions and provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to live a life of freedom and equality in the community near family and friends. We continue to hear success stories from people that have successfully transitioned from state institutions and look forward to welcoming Murray residents into a community of choice.
Going Home is an advocacy campaign dedicated to full inclusion and equality for people with disabilities. The group supports transitioning people from state institutions to a community of choice.
Living in the community offers people with disabilities the opportunity to be productive and social, live close to family and friends and enjoy an overall improved quality of life. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have closed all of their state-operated institutions and are now successfully serving those individuals in the community.
The disability service system has been studied extensively and the national trend is to downsize state institutions and invest in a community system that offers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In 2012 Governor Quinn introduced the Rebalancing of the Developmental Disability System to offer people with disabilities the opportunity to live in a community of their choice.