Draft UDO Hinders New Directions Addiction Recover Services Third Local Group Home
Neighbors from Walkup Woods flooded Nunda Township to express concerns for development of a 10 to 12 person group home.
Plans for New Directions to open an addiction rehabilitation home have stalled due to presented changes to the Unified Development Ordinance.
A copy of the draft UDO can be found here.
The current UDO defines “group home” as a residence licensed for specialized home care that functions as a single unit for the housing of unrelated persons with functional disabilities. Group home includes both senior living and recovery living.
The new UDO would split those two into different definitions.
A “group home” would only be for those who receive treatment, rehabilitation or specialized care for mental or physical impairments. It specifies a group home does not accept placement of individuals whose primary disability is recovery from addiction.
Sober living home is a proposed definition included in the draft UDO. A sober living home would be occupied by persons in recovery for drug and/or alcohol addiction. A “sober living home” does not accept placement of individuals as an alternative to incarceration or as a condition of release from incarceration—that is a “halfway house.”
Another road block to New Direction’s strategy is the limit to the number of occupants in a group home or sober living home from 12 to 8.
Under the draft UDO only facilities with 6 or more residents, including live-in care providers, will have to be accredited with the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Joint Commission, or another agency approved by a Zoning Enforcement Officer.