April 28, 2011
While I didn't choose to move to my Baltimore neighborhood because there was a group home for adults with mental illness nearby, it helped to "seal the deal. " My daughter was being treated for mental illness, and I found some solace in the presence of this option for the care of people with this challenge. Twenty-four years later, this group home is still one of the best kept homes in the neighborhood. As the parent of a daughter with a mental illness, and as a citizen, I need to place my behavior in a much broader context than consumerism.
November 19, 2004
Declaring a renewed effort to hold group home operators accountable, the head of the state's Department of Human Resources, announced yesterday a handful of new regulations. Christopher J. McCabe, the department's secretary, said the new policies would send a message to the operators of the 187 group homes his agency licenses that they are being watched. "Maryland is raising the bar for residential facilities for youth," he said during the announcement at Aunt Hattie's Place, a northwest Baltimore group home that has received high marks from the state.
October 19, 1997
IN OUR postcard-pretty community, the neighbors include TC two men who do not live in a group home, although they could. They are mentally disabled. I'll confess they scared me a little at first.We learned soon enough that they were harmless. One likes magazines; you often see him sitting on the sidewalk, going through the recyclables.The other, George, used to bring the newspaper to us every morning; once he accidentally threw it through the glass storm door. Two years ago we found him lying, half-frozen, in a snowdrift in our yard.
July 25, 1995
The Davidsonville residents who are upset about the impending expansion of a group home for the elderly in their neighborhood are not NIMBYs. They have a legitimate reason to complain.Thanks to an egregiously liberal provision in Anne Arundel County's zoning law, the Kris-Leigh group home -- now a modest three-bedroom brick rancher -- is about to expand by 6,110 square feet to 18 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms. The finished facility will encompass more than 7,000 square feet in a community where the biggest home is about 3,000 square feet.
July 29, 1993
Baltimore County senior citizens and their advocates have long noted a frustrating irony about life in that jurisdiction.Among all 24 Maryland subdivisions, the county ranks first in number of residents over the age of 60. About 138,000 of them live in the county now, and by the end of the decade, the figure should reach 144,000. Only Dade County, Fla., has a faster-growing number of elderly citizens than does Baltimore County, according to Phillip H. Pushkin, the director of the local department of aging.
May 16, 1995
In a victory for recovering alcoholics, former drug users and the mentally ill, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that cities may not use zoning laws to keep out group homes for people who are considered disabled under federal law.The court's decision raised a legal cloud over zoning ordinances in communities across the nation, including Baltimore and other Maryland communities.Article, Page 3A