Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Board Approves Disputed Home for Disabled

By Walter F. Roche Jr.

By a 9-1 vote a Tennessee health board has given its approval for the construction of a new four-bed facility in Greeneville, TN to house current residents of the Greene Valley Development Center, which is under a federal court order to close.
James Christofferson, general counsel for the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, said the vote followed a presentation by officials of Sunrise Community of Tennessee, the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and local opponents of the nearly $1 million project.
The facility is one of several proposed to provide a new home for Greene Valley residents. It is the first to draw local opposition.
The board's approval is necessary under Tennessee's certificate of need law, a controversial statute that limits the opening or expansion of major medical facilities.
Opposition to the home to be located at 640 Old Shiloh Road was expressed by several local officials and residents during a Jan. 7 public hearing in Greeneville.
Sunrise is one of three health care entities to propose building new group homes for Greene Valley residents. Overall the proposals would provide a new home for 56 GVDC residents.


Open Arms Care Corp.

1817 Bishops Bridge Road Knoxville
12621 South Northshore Drive Knoxville
Chuckey Pike Chuckey
East Church Road Greeneville
Sunrise Community of Tennessee

680 Quaker Knob Road Chuckie
640 Old Shiloh Road Greeneville
D & S Residential

2609 Erwin Highway Afton
2619 Erwin Highway Afton
Old Stage Road Greeneville

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