Grant to provide new housing for 14 mentally ill patients Money will pay for 3 homes in southwestern county

November 26, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Fourteen mentally ill people will move from institutions to three residential homes in southwestern Baltimore County thanks to a $832,700 federal grant.

This is the third year ReVisions Inc., a Catonsville-based nonprofit group, has received federal funds, and this year's money will pay for three additional homes, plus five years of operating expenses.

Two of the group homes will house three people each. The third will house eight elderly people, according to R. Scott Graham, president of ReVisions.

Graham declined to say where the homes will be, however, because of worries about local opposition. The homes have never caused a problem, he said, but people often fear the idea.

"There's no sense in waving a red flag," he said.

ReVisions has 44 homes with 150 residents in the southwestern county, and none has been closed or had to move because of operating problems. Maryland law exempts these homes from local zoning regulations.

Most residents for ReVisions' homes come from Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, and were Baltimore County residents before they were hospitalized, Graham said.

County Councilman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, the Catonsville-Arbutus Democrat, gave the program his vote of confidence.

"People have a fear of group homes, but ReVisions has been run very well," he said.

The grant was announced by Maryland Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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