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Many residents of South Carolina’s largest provider of services for the mentally disabled will get to stay put in their homes after all, officials said.

State officials have named three county boards, Fairfield, Chesterfield and Emerald City Multi-County, to manage 14 homes the Babcock Center said in April it would close to meet cuts ordered by the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

Earlier this year, that agency ordered the Babcock Center to cut its client list in half after state and federal reviews uncovered problems such as abuse of residents and financial mismanagement in recent years.
“Although management of the homes will change, the people in the homes will not have to move unless they want to,” department spokeswoman Kathy Newman said.

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