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New Community Partnership to Provide Many with "A New Lease on Life" | News | PATHS Inc.
Bebeau said the organization has several buildings in the area to house people with intellectual disabilities, but they are larger than the home that will be built with these funds.
"This will be a typical suburban home," Bebeau said.
The project is still in the planning stages, and probably won't break ground for about a year.
Bebeau said the organization has an option to purchase property in the Schoolfield community, but still has to have architectural plans done and bids have to be sent out before they can break ground.
Danville Register Bee | Apartments will be home to mentally ill individuals
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 said."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,
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