LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Residents have started moving away from a facility for the developmentally disabled after state officials decided to close it.

Two of the 108 residents of the Alexander Human Development Center have left for one of the five other similar state-run centers while another Alexander resident moved into a community setting.

The state Developmental Disabilities Services Board voted last month to close the center, which has been beset with problems, including the mishandling of a patient's allegation in May that he was raped by a caregiver.

State officials say the process of closing the center could take between six months and a year, during which it will be decided where the facility's other 105 residents will end up.