Audit of MDC closure mostly positive

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The sign at the entrance to the Montana Developmental Center is pictured. 

The administration building on the former Montana Developmental Center campus in Boulder is pictured here. MHP plans to convert it into a new headquarters.

PHIL DRAKE

The closure of the Montana Developmental Center received a mostly positive report in a recent state audit, which found that clients who moved elsewhere have remained stable, that most clients said they feel safe and happy where they now live, and that serving clients in the community costs less than keeping them at the Boulder campus.

It also suggests that a new use be found for the facility, an issue which has been resolved with the Montana Highway Patrol recently announcing it was moving its headquarters from Helena to the vacated Boulder property.

The state’s Legislative Audit Division released

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