"These apartments are the only ones that provide training, care and support to transition consumers to independent living," said Jim Bebeau, director of mental health services for DPCS.
The idea behind the apartments is for the consumers to live in the apartments from six months to two years with a full-time staff and eventually be able to move into their own apartments with no supervision, according to Bebeau
"The consumers typically have serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder, which is a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder," Bebeau
"They have serious impairment in their abilities to function day-to-day and may not have learned daily care activities.They have been living at home, a more restrictive place or a hospital."
The apartments are close to a small cluster of mobile homes, so before the construction began, the mental health employees contacted the neighbors to ask about their feelings on the project.Bebeau
said they responded positively.Bebeau
assured neighbors that a staff member would be on-site and awake 24 hours a day in the complex office.At the beginning, the staff will check on the residents often, but as they become more independent, the staff will check in less, he
"We have a fairly rigorous screening process," Bebeau
"Most of the residents live on less than $600 a month," Bebeau
The remainder went toward land, architectural, legal, survey and development expenses, according to Bebeau