CENTRALIA - Despite a federal judge's declaration that Centralia's Murray Center could close, residents' family members have time to consider options because the closure is on hold, officials told The Southern this weekend.
"We will have more information in the coming weeks and will continue to be in constant communication with all parties involved," said Department of Human Services spokeswoman Januari Smith. "This will be a long process and the focus right now is on re-starting discussions with parents about all the living options that are available."
The judge also said in his ruling that the state developmental center must work with the residents' family members to obtain a workable setting for all involved. That's given the family members some room to breathe before they are forced to consider alternatives.