DAVENPORT, Iowa - A new mental health facility in Davenport took the next step to becoming reality. Vera French broke ground on its new building Thursday
It will be one of two new 15-bed mental health facilities Vera French will open in 2017. But after those facilities open, Vera French will close their current 60 bed facility, Pine Knoll.
The new facilities will house half as many patients as the old facility. However, the company is working to bring more beds and service to the community in a different way.
The new 15 bed facilities will only be used for the highest risk patients, but Vera French also have homes around the community to house lower-risk patients.Those homes are called 'Habilitation Homes.' They house about five people each. The patients living in them will get anywhere from 8 to 24 hours of care a day, depending on the needs of the patient.
Vera French officials say the new 15 bed facilities combined with new habilitation homes will allow them to care for more and more people in need.
Denise Beenk, Vera French Director of Residential and Outreach Services said, "We're serving more because of the spectrum and the array of services we've been able to provide. We'll have the two 15-bed facilities for those who have the highest need[...]We continue to open habilitation homes to be able to meet the needs of our community."
Vera French officials say the new facilities will offer patients more resources and one-on-one care.
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