State Senator Plans Hearing On Woodbridge Developmental Center Shutdown Process

State Sen. Joseph Vitale

State Sen. Joseph Vitale

TRENTON – State Sen. Joseph Vitale, chair of the health committee, plans to hold a hearing on how the Christie administration is handling the shutdown process for  the Woodbridge Developmental Center, after the September death of a woman under state care at the facility, according to a Star-Ledger report.

Maureen Doran, 68, had lived at the center, which cares for people with intellectual disabilities, for about 17 years without any significant issues. In May, she was assaulted by a cottage-mate; in August, she broke her leg as a result of a fall, and while recuperating she developed aspiration pneumonia and septic shock, according to the report.

Doran’s family say that after the state made the decision last year to close the facility, the subsequent staff reassignments and resident transfers created a chaotic environment where resident safety and supervision declined.

State officials disputed the family’s assertions. The State Police and the Department of Human Services’ police department are investigating Doran’s death.

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