The population of the Hamburg State Center, a residential facility for people with intellectual and physical disabilities in Berks County, has fallen to 55 from 80 since the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announced in January 2017 that it would close the facility by the middle to the end of this year, Teresa Miller, acting Secretary of the human services department said at a budget hearing Tuesday.

So far, 15 of the Hamburg residents, some of whom had lived there for decades, have moved into group homes, a couple have moved into nursing homes, and a handful have died, Miller said. The closure plan calls for eight or nine to move into other state centers for the developmentally and intellectually disabled individuals. The plan also calls for another 46 to move into community settings.