Task Force Formed to Discuss Mental Health Group Homes in Normandy Park

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A task force consisting of Normandy Park residents, elected officials, mental health service providers and law enforcement held its first meeting on May 30th at Normandy Park City Hall to discuss concerns about new homes operated by Hanbleceya.

The group was assembled “to conduct fact-finding and develop solutions to address community concerns and questions related to group homes,” according to a statement from the city.

During the three-hour meeting, task force members identified concerns and desired outcomes.

In addition, the task force received information regarding federal, state and local laws pertaining to group homes.

The task force has identified several next steps, including scheduling a meeting with Hanbleceya representatives to obtain information about the business model and treatment provided in the community.

The Group Home Task Force is committed to moving forward with multiple actions and intends to present a report to the Normandy Park City Council during the June 12, 2012 City Council meeting, which is an open public meeting.

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2 Responses to “Task Force Formed to Discuss Mental Health Group Homes in Normandy Park”
  1. Christine and Lynn Dixon says:

    I am a lifetime resident of Normandy Park. We have lived in our present home for 20 years. Our taxes are extremely high but we are content to pay them because of the high quality of life, safety, schools and good neighbors. I can jog at night without fear. I can send my kids to play at the beach without fear of them encountering unstable people. Now this seems to be a thing of the past. The city would not allow even 2 Japanese foreign exchange students to be housed in one large home. These were responsible, safe, lovely college students but the city said they would cause too much traffic (and, mistakenly considered them as renters). The city does not allow many Day Cares, for similar reasons. It seems to me that 8 adults in one home, with caretakers coming and going (but not residing with the residents) and with their family members visiting at any time, would produce much more of a traffic and parking problem. I would be interested if these group homes are on septic or sewer. The City of Normandy Park controls the number of adults (related or not) living in a house based on number of bedrooms and what the septic system was designed to accommodate. For example, my “limit” is 4 to 5 people and I was denied hook up to the existing sewers because the city said the sewer system on my street was “at capacity.” We plan to be at the June 12 meeting – the time listed on the web site is 7:30. I hope everyone affected by these homes will join us. On my street, even a neighbor who wanted to offer some tax advice, had to post a “land use” sign because of the extra car on the road and it had to pass a neighborhood vote. Even a piano teacher in Normandy Park had to get permission to offer lessons in her home – not because it was an in-home business, but because there might be an extra car coming and going out of her driveway.

  2. Christine says:

    Misinformation and bias related to mental illness is unfortunately common. Mental illness affects one in four families, including the families of Normandy Park.

    For those who live with mental illness, the opportunity to lead a full, contributive and independent life is incredibly important. Hanbleceya is part of a continuum of care that provdes therapeutic service and supportive housing, but there is no magic bullet. No service wil ever be 100% perfect for 100% of the people it serves, just like chemotherapy and radiation aren’t effective for everyone with cancer.

    The important thing is not to perpetuate ugly stereotype against individuals with mental illness, and to work for more and better services, not simply services that aren’t offered in your community.

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