Butler County Board of DD closing 3 offices in cost-saving action

Candace Swan and Cheryl Guendelsberger pack up the Hamilton satellite office of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities on March 9 in preparation of their move to the office on Liberty-Fairfield Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

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Candace Swan and Cheryl Guendelsberger pack up the Hamilton satellite office of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities on March 9 in preparation of their move to the office on Liberty-Fairfield Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities will close three of its satellite offices and consolidate its operations down to two buildings as part of a long-term plan to save $200,000.

The organization that serves about 3,600 people with disabilities in Butler County, according to spokeswoman Wendy Planicka will be closing over the next three weeks offices in Hamilton (1270 Eaton Ave.), Middletown (4418-B Lewis St.), and Fairfield (155 Donald Drive).

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She said the office closures will allow the agency to become stronger financially to serve those who need services, without eliminating jobs or programming.

“The moves will result in $200,000 savings annually by ending leases and reducing utility expenses at multiple locations,” she said. “Our employees are equipped to meet the people and families we serve anywhere in the community. The moves will not result in any loss of services or in any job cuts.”

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Last March, a buyout program was offered to some employees of the BCBDD as it worked to offset an expected year-end $3.6 million deficit.

The BCBDD this past November closed its adult day care facility that served 125 mentally disabled adults.

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Each of the newest office closings will not happen at once, and will be done one-by-one over the next three weeks, according to Planicka.

“The closing of the team offices and consolidation down to two buildings is part of a long term plan to reduce the number of facilities operated and leased by the board in order to shift financial priorities to supporting people with disabilities,” Planicka said.

When all of the moves are complete, Planicka said board employees will be housed at two Hamilton locations: the Liberty-Fairfield Road office at 5645 Liberty-Fairfield Road; and the Janet Clemmons Center at 282 N. Fair Ave.

The board’s main phone number will remain 513 785-2800.

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