Judge Gibney Stop the Training Center Settlement Agreement between the DOJ & Virginia
  • Petitioned Delegate David Albo

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Delegate David Albo
Delegate Robert Brink
Delegate David Bulova
Delegate Barbara Comstock
Delegate David Englin
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
Delegate Mark Keam
Delegate James Munyon
Delegate Alfonso Lopez
Delegate Thomas Rust
Delegate James Scott
Delegate Mark Sickles
Delegate Scott Surovell
Senator Adam Ebbin
Senator Babara Favola
Senator Mark Herring
Senator David Marsden
Senator George Baker
Senator Chap Petersen
Senator Linda Puller
Senator Richard Saslaw
Office of the Attorney General
Kenneth Cuccinelli, II
Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Dr. Bill Hazel
United States District Court Eastern District Court of Virginia
The Honorable John Gibney
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developemental Services
Commissioner Jim Stewart
Mike Gilmore
George Braunstein
Joseph P. Wilson
Thomas Geib
Cynthia Kemp
Senator Janet Howell
John C. Cook
Sharon Bulova
Delegate Kenneth Plum
Delegate Timothy Hugo
Delegate Vivian Watts

Judge Gibney Stop the Training Center Settlement Agreement between the DOJ & Virginia

    1. Maurine Houser
    2. Petition by

      Maurine Houser

      Reston, VA

The Settlement Agreement calls for the closure of 4 of the 5 training centers in the State of Virginia leaving only 75 beds at the Southeast Training Center for crisis intervention. The training centers are home to more than 1018 profoundly intellectually, medically and behaviorally disabled citizens. The families of the residents do not consent and are adamantly opposed to the transition of their relatives to community placements. Training Center staff have agreed that residents are where they need to be to receive specialized care in the least restrictive environment. There is serious concern about the ability of community providers – which are already strained and under-inspected – to provide safe care to current training center residents.

Recent signatures


    1. Judge Gibney has granted the Motion to Intervene!!!!

      Maurine Houser
      Petition Organizer

      The residents of Virginia's Training Centers have a voice now! They are considered a party to the law suit! Thank you for your support and Thank you to Judge Gibney.

    2. We have reached 915 signatures! Thank you for your support!!!

      Maurine Houser
      Petition Organizer

      We are only 75 signatures away from 1000! You can make a difference.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

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    5. Reached 500 signatures
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    7. Reached 250 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

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    9. We are at 145 signatures!!!!

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    10. Reached 100 signatures
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      Maurine Houser
      Petition Organizer

      Your voice counts!

    12. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • James Vollmer HERNDON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a friend whose son resides in the NVTC. The center provides services to the most vulnerable. The needed services provided by the NVTC are not available in other alternative community centers. What ae families to do? Making children who cannot care for themselves suffer to save some funds is wrong. Keep the NVTC open for those who need its services.

    • Karen Hoppe FAIRFAX, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Since when does a monolithic, impersonal governmental entity know what's best for these unique individuals? I appreciate the need to protect the rights of all people, but closing NVTC will result in the opposite: it will sentence these residents to a seriously diminished quality of life, and in many cases will put them at risk, since families alone cannot duplicate the specialized services of a large institution like NVTC. Have any of you decision-makers actually met these residents and their families? Do you really understand the impact of what you're proposing?

    • Karen Williams POTOMAC, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      We need adequate facilities for this population!!

    • Eneida Headley STERLING, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Please DO NOT close these training centers. We THE PEOPLE know what is best for our loved ones. YOUR agenda is land/money driven. HEAR THE PEOPLE'S CRY!

    • Virginia Minshew CENTREVILLE, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a special educator and am concerned that the closing of these facilities will lead to our special needs adults not having the opportunity to have a fulfilled life. As a taxpayer in the Commonwealth of VA, I believe these facilities can be funded and that not funding them will, in the long run, cost more.


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