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Located in Portage la Prairie, the Manitoba Developmental Centre (MDC) was established in 1890 and has experienced many changes over the years. MDC is an accredited residential care facility providing care, supervision and developmental programs for adults with an intellectual disability .The Centre is committed to the principles of resident-centered care and continuous quality improvement. Through the use of an interdisciplinary team, the Centre strives to enhance the quality of life for the Manitobans who reside there. Its mission is to:
Residential units are organized into two areas of specialization which reflect the unique needs of the residents:
Services provided include: Residential Care; Medical, Dental, Psychiatric, and Psychological care; Speech Language Therapy, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Music Therapy, Clinical Nutrition Services, Social Services, Recreation and Employment Services, Therapeutic Recreation, Outreach Network supports.
At one time, the Centre provided care for over 1,000 residents. At present, the centre provides care to approximately 180 residents and work is underway to transition another 10 residents to community placements within the next year.
New admissions are only accepted for short term placements or through an order from the courts (as set out under The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act).The Department of Family Services is working with families, stakeholders, advocates, the Portage la Prairie community and staff of MDC to plan for the future of the Centre.