The facility, Sierra Vista, serves up to 50 clients at any one time and employs 51 Bargaining Unit 18 members, CAPT says. The union didn't know what the state plans to do with the clients or staff, according to its press release.
So we called DDS spokeswoman Nancy Lungren. She said that the state's financial crisis has forced the department to close Sierra Vista to cut costs.
The facility employs a total of about 130 people. The state will begin contacting public and private facilities around the Yuba City area to see what jobs might be available for displaced Sierra Vista employees.
Moving clients out will be handled "with sensitivity," Lungren said, on a case-by-case basis.
The state's lease on the property runs out in February of next year. The department figures to save about $4.2 million as the facility winds down in fiscal 2009-10. Sierra Vista costs the state about $15 million per year to operate, Lungren said.