William D. Partlow Developmental Center

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The William D. Partlow Developmental Center is a state-run residential center for the intellectually handicapped located at 1700 University Boulevard East in Tuscaloosa. The center, the only one of its kind in Alabama, opened in 1919. The center's current director is Rebecca Baugh.

The campus consists of 23 buildings on 141 acres and houses 151 patients. The last new patient was admitted in 2009. In March 2011, Zelia Baugh, the commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health informed the 484 employees that the facility would be closing by September, with the exception of 10 patients with severe disabilities who will remain, along with 42 employees.


  • Stevenson, Tommy (March 5, 2011) "W.D. Partlow Developmental Center to close." Tuscaloosa News
  • Lowry, Bob (March 23, 2011) "Ralliers say close Partlow." Huntsville Times