Community Integration


ADAP advocates for appropriate treatment and community integration for individuals who reside in State facilities such as Partlow, Bryce, and Searcy. ADAP participates in discharge planning to ensure appropriate services and treatment are considered. ADAP also participates in choice meetings to ensure the individuals freedom of choice and/or liberties are not threatened.

As a result of the Department of Mental Health downsizing of mental health facilities, ADAP is currently collaborating with the State Department of Mental Health to monitor each individual who is out-placed from Bryce and Searcy into community placement.

ADAP also advocates and monitors the appropriateness of services for individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in a community setting.


Community Integration Archive Information

  • W.D. Partlow Developmental Center (Partlow) - Partlow, home for thousands of persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) over its 88 year history, closed December 28, 2011.  The Center, located in Tuscaloosa, was the last facility serving persons with ID in the state of Alabama. With its closure, Alabama became the first southeastern state in the US to serve all eligible persons with ID in the community, outside of facility settings. 

To read more about the history and closure of Partlow:


  • Bryce State Hospital (Bryce) – In 1970 Bryce, located in Tuscaloosa (Ala.), had 5,200 patients housed in grossly inadequate living conditions. The care provided to these patients was woefully inadequate.  Remembering what he had had seen during his coverage of the Nazi war trials, Hal Martin, the editor and publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser, likened the conditions at Bryce and the state’s other mental health institutions, to those at concentration camps.  Few members of the general public knew about the horrible living and treatment conditions at these facilities; patients were out of sight and out of mind.

To read more about the history of Bryce: (Under Construction)


  • Wyatt v. Stickney (Wyatt) – The Wyatt case, begun in the early ‘70s in Alabama, was groundbreaking litigation which revolutionized care nationwide for persons with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.   As Judge Myron Thompson wrote in the final Wyatt order in 2003, “The enormity of what this case . . . accomplished cannot be overstated. The principles of humane treatment of people with mental illness and mental retardation embodied in this litigation have become a part of the fabric of the law in this country, and indeed, international law.” 

To read more about the Wyatt case and the standards of care it created.