Aug. 14, 2019 / Press Release

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services that the White Haven Center will close in 2022. The decision affects 429 employees and 112 residents, who will be moved into community-based settings.

“I am a longtime proponent of the White Haven Center, which has provided outstanding care to the most severely disabled members of our community for more than 60 years.

“I am heartbroken and disappointed by the crushing news that it will close, resulting in difficult, life-altering changes for the hundreds of men and women who live and work there.

“The center is much more than an institution. It is the only home many residents have ever known. They and their families now face uncertainty in making the transition to living situations in the community.

“That is why we are not going accept this decision and take every measure possible to get a reversal by the governor and Department of Human Services.”

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136 /