Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability
C.D. Davidsmeyer, Co-Chair
David Koehler, Co-Chair
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Howe Developmental Center


Department of Human Services Howe Developmental Center



The Department of Human Services proposes to close this facility.






Beginning September 5, 2008

Initial Public Notice to CGFA from the Agency:

September 5, 2008

Recommendation Requested by CGFA from the Agency:

September 18, 2008

CGFA Correspondence to DHS:

October 9, 2008

DHS Answers to CGFA Correspondence of October 9:

October 31, 2008

Recommendation Received:

November 3, 2008

Public Comment Period:

 as of December 9, 2008

Economic Impact Study:

 November 2008

Meeting Scheduled:

 December 11, 2008

December 11, 2008 Meeting Video:

 Part I

 Part II

Follow-Up Meeting Scheduled:

 January 12, 2009

Written Testimony and Public Letters:

 Oral and Written Testimony

 Public Comments as of April 27, 2009

Commission Motion and Vote:

 January 12, 2009

 April 28, 2009

DHS Responses to Commission Questions:

 January 9, 2009

Commission Letter to Governor Quinn:

 February 9, 2009

Commission Recommendation:

 May 14, 2009

U.S. Department of Justice:

Investigations of Choate and Howe Developmental Centers

Status of Facility Closure Process:

July 20, 2010


On June 21, 2010, the last resident transitioned to another home. The total number of individuals discharged from Howe since September 1, 2009 is 247. The attached summary provides data on where the residents moved and on the relocation or lay-off of the more than 700 Howe staff.