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DDS Board To Meet Here

The Booneville Human Development Center will be hosting a meeting of the Arkansas Department of Human Service Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Board of Directors next month.

The Nov. 6 meeting, set for the Nyberg building on the BHDC campus, was announced last week. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m., after board members have toured the facility and had lunch.

The meeting will not be the first at BHDC by the DDS board. In November 2010 the board also met here.

Since then the board has experienced some turnover but Sally Hardin of Booneville is still a board member.

In the 2010 meeting the board gave DDS director Dr. Charlie Green approval to seek funding to construct 10 new living quarters at BHDC and renovate 10 Curtis Circle cottages.

The project, which was expected to cost between $10 and $12 million has not come to fruition, but an inclusive capital improvement plan for the facility was later crafted.

The idea behind the new living quarter, Green said at the time, was so that clients at the facility could move from a dorm to a smaller, more home-like atmosphere.

The recommendation about the living quarters came from the physical management subcommittee, of which Hardin is a member.

According to a DDS memo announcing the meeting in Booneville, that subcommittee will not meet in November.

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