Sen. Patrick Anderson today commended Gov. Mary Fallin for supporting the continued operation of the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid (NORCE) and the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center (SORC) in Pauls Valley.
The two facilities house and care for some of the state’s most vulnerable disabled persons. On Thursday, the governor intervened in deliberations regarding the future of NORCE and SORC, directing that Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioners not act on a plan to consolidate the operation of the two facilities. The plan would have closed SORC.
“Prior to yesterday, the rumor around the Capitol was that the governor was intent on closing both facilities,” said Anderson, R-Enid. “However, her actions demonstrate that she has had a change of heart and recognizes the importance of these facilities in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.”
“The governor has now taken ownership of this issue and the future of the facilities rests squarely in her hands,” Anderson said. “I appreciate her leadership and pledge to support the governor’s commitment to keeping these facilities operating for years to come.”