Golden Valley rescinds vote on center for mentally ill

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2014 - 9:17 PM

But developer of LifeSpan’s treatment facility for kids may no longer be interested in project.

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slowrideFeb. 19, 14 6:18 PM

Great discussion took place at this meeting and I was very glad to see the council vote unanimously to give Lifespan a second chance. If the developer wishes to move forward then hopefully the neighbors and Lifespan and come together and find a solution. What is most refreshing though, is that now a serious educational discussion can take place to learn more about mental illness. If that happens, then some good will come out of this. I encourage all involved to work together for a solution.

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davdanFeb. 19, 14 6:54 PM

Problem is, why would the developer of this project want to risk the well-being and maybe even safety of the very vulnerable children it wants to serve given the threatening and possibly violent comments of neighbors opposed to the project. The safety of these vulnerable children needs to be the first consideration. I'm sure there are other suburban areas that care more about these issues.

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ingrid99Feb. 19, 14 7:57 PM

The Golden Valley mayor and city council should have done their homework the first time and set an example for the community on how to address mental health issues. Their failure has mostly likely cost the community a much needed care center for kids in desperate need of help. If only these kids had cancer, then the ignorance of the mayor, council and “concerned” citizens would not have been front page news.

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railroadFeb. 19, 14 9:25 PM

As a parent of a child with a mental illiness, let me tell you how hard it is to get good treatment for your child.. But the hardest thing is to have your child accept treatment. Then to have the community judge these kids as bad apples is wrong. They did nothing wrong to get a mental illiness.. it could happen to any family anytime.

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joeljyFeb. 19, 14 9:46 PM

High shame on the City of Golden Valley, its mayor and the uncaring neighbors. Mentally ill children are today's "lepers". They need and deserve everyone's support and care. They are not a threat to anyone. Thanks to NAMI MN for bringing the discussion into this century.

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irenesgirlFeb. 19, 14 9:52 PM

Shep Harris - Nice effort, a little too late. Lack of leadership skills exposed & will be trounced upon. Joanie Clausen - gone next election - reactionary/crackpot exposed. Gil Mann - never again will volunteer or serve on an organization within which I contribute, guarantee 'ya. This was mob mentality at its best. A text book case. Luckily its on tape & available for my students to view year after year.

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sallygirlFeb. 19, 14 9:59 PM

As an elected official it is your job to be informed by doing your own homework. There has been much work done to educate the general public about mental health issues. Apparently some of these council members haven't been paying attention or doing their homework.

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shazzam13Feb. 20, 14 8:13 AM

To the Lions Park Neighborhood, next time do not let yourselves be swayed by a hypocritical bully. To GV City Council,if you do not truly understand the pain of the mentally ill and their families DO NOT pretend to do so. Finally to the Staff of the City of Golden Valley, thank you for treating LifeSpan and the developer with the dignity and respect they deserved.

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