100 Bel-Air Road Los Angeles, CA 90077
Date: September 2, 2011
To: Bel-Air Residents
Re: Bridges to Recovery III – Proposed Residential Psychiatric Facility to be
Located at 777 Sarbonne Road
Dear Bel-Air Residents:
As many of you are aware, Bridges to Recovery III seeks to open a for-profit six-bed residential psychiatric treatment facility in the house at 777 Sarbonne Road in Bel-Air. The Bridges program, which bills itself as an alternative to hospitalization for post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, personality and character disorders, and borderline personality disorder, and other mental illnesses, is private-pay and cost ranges from $55,000 to $75,000 for four weeks of treatment. Since learning of the proposed facility in May, many Bel-Air residents have voiced objections to its location in our neighborhood, including the inappropriateness of locating a facility providing medical treatment in a residential neighborhood, the limited emergency vehicle access, the limited staff parking areas, and the lack of security.
Nevertheless, Bridges now has been granted a provisional license by the Department of Social Services to open the facility on Sarbonne. The BAA and various neighbors have opposed the granting of a license for the facility by contacting representatives of the California Department of Social Services and the Department of Mental Health. Residents wishing to voice their own objections should send them to Will Lightbourne, Director of the DSS (email@example.com); and Jeffrey Hiratsuka, Deputy Director of Community Care Licensing at the DSS (firstname.lastname@example.org); with copies to Mr. Cliff Allenby, Acting Director of the Department of Mental Health (email@example.com). Time is of the essence, as an appeal of the granting of the provisional license for the facility is scheduled in Sacramento for next week. In addition, it is important that a copy of your correspondence be sent to Councilmember Paul Koretz at Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org and Assemblymember Mike Feuer at Assemblymember.Feuer@assembly.ca.gov.
The following format can be used for your communications with the above officials, but your personalization will be even more persuasive:
We support the appeal of the provisional "social rehabilitation facility" license given to Bridges to Recovery III at 777 Sarbonne Road. Based on its own materials, the Bridges facility is a psychiatric health facility and, therefore, cannot be licensed under the community care facilities rules.
Bridges is essentially a mini-psychiatric hospital treating severe psychological disorders. According to its application, Bridges will employ 66 people and contain a crisis program which admits acutely ill patients on a 24 hour basis. The proposed facility goes well beyond the rules that govern "social rehabilitation facilities," which are limited to non-medical care. Bridges is moving a medical psychiatric facility with potentially seriously disturbed patients into a residential street. The Agency has gone far beyond the dictates of the statute and abused its authority by calling this a non-medical facility.
In addition, there are concerns about the security of the facility. Bridges is a hugely profitable business which charges upwards of $50,000 per patient per month.
For all these reasons, the proposed facility permanent license should be denied.
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