The Norfolk Community Service Board and Sentara have been invited to present their plans for a Regional Crisis Center in our Ghent neighborhood at the GNL meeting on Monday, May 17th at 7pm at Blair Middle School.The Norfolk Community Services Board (NCSB) has confirmed it is in negotiations with Sentara to lease the former Discovery Day Care building in the 800 block of Redgate Ave. to use as a Regional Crisis Center. This residential facility would house individuals with behavioral issues in varying degrees of crisis, ranging from people unable to make decisions for themselves to those in eminent danger of harming themselves. The Regional Crisis Center would service individuals from the entire region, and not just Norfolk. It has been reported that some of the individuals will require a police escort to this building which is across the street from Ghent homes. Admissions would be voluntary, as such clients would have the option of checking themselves out of the center at any time. According to the City of Norfolk’s 2010 Annual Report, last year the current facility serviced 540 individuals who otherwise “would have been admitted to area psychiatric hospitals, jails or detention facilities.” The current NCSB crisis center is located in a heavily commercial area on Route 168/Tidewater Drive just south of the Wal-Mart Supercenter and north of I-64.
Interested or concerned residents and property owners are encourages to attend the May 17th GNL meeting to learn more about this proposal and how it will impact Ghent and surrounding neighborhoods.