April 1, 2015
(Rear, from left) Donna A. McHugh, Kim McHugh Arthurs, Joseph F. McHugh Sr. and Chris McHugh celebrate with their brother and son Joseph F. McHugh Jr., who has been a resident at the Northern Virginia Training Center for 35 years.
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Facility for people with disabilities scheduled for March 2016 closure.
According to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, 63 residents still live and receive treatment at the Northern Virginia Training Center, located in Fairfax alongside Braddock Road.
From institution to community, finding homes for those hard to place.
Joseph McHugh has lived at the Northern Virginia Training Center for 35 years, moving in when he was a teenager. McHugh has cerebral palsy and colostomy and severe spasticity issues. At the training center, McHugh works with a speech pathologist, nurse, on-campus dietician and is close to an X-ray machine, dental facility and clinic on the grounds.