When the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid abruptly closed in 2014, the state's attention shifted to the Robert M. Greer Center.
Earlier this month, we learned that Oklahoma Department of Human Services could allocate $16 million to improve and renovate Greer Center on the northeast side of Enid.
The center, under contract with DHS, houses developmentally disabled individuals who are considered dangerous to themselves or others. Most residents of the Greer Center are between 18-25 years old.
In the past, DHS had proposed moving Greer Center into other buildings once part of the now-defunct NORCE, which is directly next to where Greer is located.
It was good news to see DHS recently confirm that $16 million was indeed set aside for the Greer Center. Now we’re eager to learn how the money will spent. DHS is working with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office and the Legislature to determine exactly how to move forward.
DHS has effectively maintained Greer's modest section of the campus, but concerns remain about aging water and electric lines.
DHS contracted out the work of the Greer center, entrusting Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation with the task. When LOC first took over in 2000, the average length of stay for clients of the short-term program was 7 1/2 years, Sage said. The average is now 9 months.
We’re glad that early rumors of moving the whole operation to Oklahoma City or Tulsa were shot down.
Now we share optimism with Hugh Sage, director of the Greer Center, for an improved facility and will remain optimistic as we wait for construction to begin. This has been a great example of the private-public partnership that is providing a needed service.