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"Our fight with Newport is still going on. Volunteers made signs for the May 7 Supervisors meeting at home. However, we need lots of visible materials for the McLean Day on May 18th, the next Supervisors meeting on May 21, and subsequent events. Please donate and share this with your friends and neighbors. These do not need to be large donations. Every bit counts. $20-50 a family will go a long way. Thanks!"



(5/8/2019)

We had almost a 1/4 of the auditorium filled up, front and center. Thank you all who were able to come out on a workday morning in a show of support.

Foust and the other Supervisors couldn’t have missed us if they tried. There is another Supervisor’s Meeting on May 21st where folks can (and have) register to speak. We walked out together as a group after about an hour of holding our signs quietly - -





COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION


Rehab Business Opening in Residential Neighborhoods

To: XXXX

Cc: <dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov>, <chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov>, <DelRSullivan@house.virginia.gov>, <DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov>

Dear Community Members,  

Under a veil of secrecy, the Monroe Corporation, a recently created LLC in Virginia, purchased four single family homes in McLean, Virginia each of which will be turned into mental health/substance abuse treatment centers operating as Newport Academy and will house up to eight clients and many more staff. Three of these homes are adjacent to each other on Davidson Road and are directly across the street from McLean High School and bordering Lewinsville Park; the fourth is a short mile away, within a block of Franklin Sherman Elementary School. This information only became available to citizens a few weeks ago, as the buyer’s realtors were required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Newport is in the process of converting these homes into treatment centers with eight clients per home, with multiple shifts of three or more treatment providers maintaining continuous, 24-hour coverage at each of these facilities, and additional support staff (https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/newport-academy-jobs-mclean-va/). Staff-to-patient ratios at Newport are advertised as 5:1. The vast majority of these clients under treatment are not likely to be residents of McLean with treatment periods of just 4 to 12 weeks. For these treatment services, we understand insurance coverage now available under Federal law will pay the vast portion of Newport rates, which are reportedly as high as $1000 per day per child. They established this corporate presence “by right” under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which provides housing protections for people with disabilities, including addiction, in group homes, meaning true, long-term residential care. There are legitimate group homes already in McLean operated by non-profits like Oxford House and we welcome them as good and valued neighbors. We believe Newport should instead be categorized as a congregate facility due the number of homes in close proximity as well as the short-term stays of their clients.

At a public forum with over 600 citizens at McLean High School Wednesday, April 24, the community raised a number of issues, including legal interpretations, permit application irregularities, zoning interpretations, and violations, to name a few.

This issue is vitally important to more neighborhoods than just those bordering the existing purchases. If a precedent-setting license is issued by the State, the same thing can happen in your neighborhood. A Corporation could buy one or more adjoining private homes and open up a treatment center in your neighborhood. In areas where this loophole exists, such as Orange County, California, and in Florida, once one corporation found a foothold, many more followed. Laws were later tightened, but existing corporate homes could not be removed.

A license application is now being processed for this business by the Office of Licensing in Richmond. This license could be approved in as little as two weeks. If this license is approved, our community's next course of action may be through the Courts, a long and expensive journey.

Since our community has had so little time to study the issue, we are asking our county and state officials to take whatever steps they can to delay the approval of this license. Surely a delay will do no harm, and would do much to help us resolve this matter.

If your Homeowners’ Association feels the same way, please ask them to express their concerns to their local and state officials (see attachment for contact information). This is urgent as time is of the essence. We need action to be taken in the next two weeks.

For more information and background, please join our open Facebook page: Davidson & Kurtz Road Rehab Facility Discussion (https://www.facebook.com/groups/568014440377068/) - a community group to coordinate responses to proposed psychiatric/drug treatment facility near McLean public schools.

Sincerely,

Concerned Residents

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Political Contacts


Mr. John W. Foust, Supervisor

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

1437 Balls Hill Road

McLean, VA  22101

Email:  dranesville@FairfaxCounty.gov

703-356-0551


Ms.  Sharon Bulova, Chairman

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

12000 Government Center Parkway

Fairfax, VA  22035-0079

Email:  chairman@FairfaxCounty.gov

703-324-2321


Mr. Richard C. Sullivan, Jr., Delegate

Virginia House of Delegates

P.O. Box 50753

Arlington, VA  22205

Email:  DelRSullivan@house.virginia.gov

804-698-1048


Ms. Kathleen J. Murphy, Delegate

Virginia House of Delegates

P.O. Box 146

McLean, VA  22101

Email:  DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov

804-698-1034

Fairfax County Zoning Administrator: Leslie Johnson

ordadmin@fairfaxcounty.gov

703-324-1314


Dr. S. Hughes Melton, Commissioner

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

P.O. Box 1797

Richmond, VA  23218

hughes.melton@dbhds.virginia.gov

Fax:  1-804-371-6638


Mr. Dev Nair, Assistant Commissioner

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

P.O. Box 1797

Richmond, VA  23218

Fax:  1-804-371-6638


Ms. Jae Benz, Director

Office of Licensing

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

P.O. Box 1797

Richmond, VA  23218

jae.benz@dbhds.virginia.gov

Fax:  1-804-371-6638


Congressman Donald S. Beyer, Jr.

U.S. House of Representatives

1901 N. Moore Street, Suite 1108

Arlington, VA  22209

Fax:  703-658-5408


The Honorable Ralph S. Northam
Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA?? 23218
Fax: 1-804-371-6351




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