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June 12, 2009
Developmental Services shutting down Yuba City facility

Thumbnail image for 090611 SVSign_sm.jpgThe Department of Developmental Services has told the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians that the state will shut down a Yuba City facility by the first of next year.

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.

This link will take you to Sierra Vista's Web site. Click this link to read the CAPT release about the facility's impending closure.

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