Saturday, February 27, 2016

Six Group Homes Win State Approval

By Walter F. Roche Jr.

A state board has easily approved six new group homes in Eastern Tennessee to provide new residences for the remaining residents of the Greene Valley Development Center, a facility under a federal court closing order.
Approved without opposition at a meeting this week by the board of Tennessee Health Services and Development agency were five facilities to be operated by the Georgia based Open Arms Care Corp and a sixth to be operated by Sunrise Tennessee, an affiliate of a Florida non-profit. Each of the facilities will have four beds.
The quick approvals granting certificates of need for all six homes were in contrast to another group home proposal in Greeneville which was approved only after several local residents and some political leaders voiced strong opposition. 
A proposed Sunrise facility on Old Shiloh Road in Greeneville drew widespread opposition at a previous meeting of the same board.  Despite the opposition, the facility was granted a certificate of need, a prerequisite to obtaining a state license.
 The newly approved Sunrise facility will be located at 680 Quaker Knob Road in Chuckey, Greene County.
The Open Arms Care Corporation homes will be located at E. Church Street (2) and Chuckey Pike in Greeneville and Gamble Road (2) in Georgetown Hamilton County.
 All six of the homes had been recommended for approval by Melanie M. Hill, executive director of the state health development agency.
The state is under a federal court order to close the Greene Valley Development Center by June 30, although an extension is regarded as a near certainty.

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