Care facility looks to expand
County officials and city building inspectors Thursday toured two of three buildings in the 1900 block of North Washington Street and saw no major hurdles in the project.
The buildings were formerly a senior living community and have been vacant for 18 months. The county hopes to turn one of the buildings into an expanded intermediate care facility.
The county currently contracts with Tellurian of Madison to provide services at Jackson House.
The county will continue to contract with Tellurian; Tellurian will apply to the city for occupancy permits and the state for the necessary licenses, Assistant Rock County Administrator Phil Boutwell said.
Tellurian will lease the building if the project is approved, he said.
The facility would have room for about 14 beds, county human services Director Charmian Klyve said. That would be an improvement to the eight beds at Jackson House.
The county needs more space for crisis stabilization because it spends $1,000 per person per day to send people out of county to a treatment facility, Boutwell said.
The county budgeted $1.5 million to institutionalize people in 2008, Boutwell said.
At the pace itís been sending patients to Mendota or Winnebago mental health institutes, the county will spend $2.8 million in 2008, he said.
A newer facility will do more than provide more beds, Boutwell said.
The historic home on Jackson Street lacks full accessibility for people with disabilities, and the limited number of rooms makes it hard to separate residents by gender, Boutwell said.