According to Dermody, the facility will employ 17 people and the facility will be locked. Residents will stay there for extended acute care for up to six months, and will included people recently released by hospitals or who are court-ordered to undergo this treatment. After that, residents will be discharged into a "supported apartment setting."
The ultimate goal, says Dermody, is to stop the revolving door at hospitals.
Solicitor Jim Broughal told Commissioners, "This one caught everyone's attention," and added that he had encouraged NHS to appear and provide a "first hand perspective of exactly what they're proposing."
NHS's track record in Bethlehehem Township is spotty, according to Commissioner Jerry Batcha. They operate a group home on Coleman Street for adolescent girls. "I've heard over the years a number of complaints that police continue to be called to that site." But Dermody insisted that NHS intends to "build good community relations" and that there are differences in the kinds of treatment needed for adults, as opposed to teenagers.
According to NHS, they operate a similar facility in York.