Mabley Developmental Center Profile

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Individual Profile - Updated 11/01/2022

Measure Value
Current Census 118
Average age of persons served (21 - 78+) 51.86
Severe or Profound M.R. range 65.25%
Nonverbal, use sign language or gestures to communicate 59.32%
Have a behavior intervention program 96.61%
Receive psychotropic medication 77.12%

Location: Dixon - Lee County in north central Illinois (approx 100 miles west of Chicago)

By the numbers:

  • 35 years of operation - founded in 1987
  • Current census: 115
  • $15.9 million budget in FY21
  • $18.2 million budget in FY 22
  • 7 Living Units
  • 233.75 Budgeted Staff.
    • Majority of staff are represented by AFSCME
    • 27 staff represented by Illinois Nurses Association
    • 2 trade employees
  • 13-acre campus
  • Population Served: Adults 18 and over with intellectual/developmental disabilities

More background:

Jack Mabley Developmental Center provides treatment for the Intellectually/ Developmentally Disabled population. Mabley Center serves people with Mild to Profound Intellectual Disability. People served by Mabley Center often are dually diagnosed with mental health issues in addition to Intellectual Disability. Additionally, many of the people served at Mabley Center have severe to profound hearing and vision impairments, and the facility has specialized resources to address those needs. Over 90% of the employees at Mabley are trained in manual (sign) communication. Mabley Center offers a variety of treatment programs/services including but not limited to: Psychiatric/psychological, medical/physical, social, educational, vocational/ rehabilitation, recreational, speech, language and hearing, pharmacy, dental, and dietary services, and referrals and special consultations. Staff at Jack Mabley Developmental Center include Nurses, Social Workers, Dietary/Support Staff, Mental Health Technicians, Activity Therapists, Psychiatrists, General Physicians, Psychologists, Buildings and Grounds staff.

Mabley Center was named after Jack Mabley, a well-respected newspaper reporter and columnist writing for the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and other publications. Mr. Mabley was also a supporter of rights for individuals with disabilities and was the creator of the Forgotten Children's Fund. The Center itself is unique in that it was initially founded to provide services to people with developmental disabilities who also had hearing and vision impairments. The Center continues to serve people with these specialized needs.