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  1. I am a healthcare professional. I worked at skilled nursing facility with a registered sexual offender. He was a resident when I arrived and I was not aware until the Sheriff deputy visited the facility. No one knew he was a sexual offender, including administration. There are a number of crimes committed by residents of assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Where do you think they go when they get old? Background checks are not conducted on residents. For example, the lady in Atlanta who killed her boyfriend because she was jealous. They were approximately 75 years of age. Let us not forget the husband who took his wife to the garden in a nursing home and killed her and then himself because she was ill due to the aging process. They do not get clean with the blood of Jesus and then get sent to a senior living facility.

    Park Royal Hospital certainly has admitted patients who have criminal records and some of those are court ordered. With a mental health diagnosis, some of Park Royal’s patients are dangerous, because they are Baker Acted present a danger to themselves or others. No one is complaining about Park Royal and we do want people to obtain treatment for mental health. Why not encourage treatment for substance abuse problems. No, I do not have a substance abuse problem, but I will encourage people to seek treatment. One of the best employees we lost when FL implemented the background screening was in recovery and had just completed treatment. I was sorry that he had to resign and I have prayed that it did not affect his continued success in his treatment.

    For those people complaining about sexual offenders and criminals, please look in your neighborhood before throwing a stone at your own neighbors.
    There are 128 registered sexual offenders within 5 miles of the address. http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/searchNeighborhood.do
    There are 34 registered sexual offenders within 2 miles of the address.http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/searchNeighborhood.do
    So let us bring this closer to home. There is one sexual offender .3 miles from 6401 Winkler Road; .
    .4 miles- one female and one male
    .7 miles one male
    .8 miles- 3 males
    .9 miles- two males and one female
    1.1 miles= two males
    Yes, there are female sexual offender preying on our boys and girls.
    Are you going to take actions to have them removed? Yes, there is a registered sexual offender one home from me. I know he is there. What do you know about your neighbors? He who is without sin can throw the first stone. Have you ever stolen anything regardless of how small you think it was? If so, you have committed a crime. Did the cashier give you too much change in error? What did you do?

    I hope the company will make a distinction between arrest and conviction when admitting clients. People called the police to have my friend arrested because of an unsteady gait. Well, there are people with cerebral palsy with an unsteady gait. The ignorant police department took him to the hospital when he was trying to reach the bus stop to go home from work. They did not understand his speech and thought he was drunk.

    Yes, protect your homes, but get an education. How many people in your neighborhood have been in treatment or need to be in treatment and maybe functional alcoholics? Do not be ashame, get on the waiting list. You need this facility. I hope someone has given you or willing to give you a second chance.

    • This is the type of information which is desperately needed in this situation. Uninformed people make erroneous assumptions about treatment facilities. Providing this type of knowledge dispels fears and provides fact in place of fear. Please continue to spread the word!

  2. Using Daffodil Drive (33919), there are 7 registered sexual offenders
    Using Lake Park Drive (33919), there are 11 registered sexual offenders.

    Do you know your neighbors?

  3. First, let me say I do not live in the general vicinity, although I am a Fort Myers resident.

    I am appalled at the opposition to this project, and more specifically the campaign against this valuable community resource on the radio in an ads paid for by a political action committee, known as Protect Our Community, by Sheriff Scott.

    If this were a hospital, would the community and Sheriff Scott still be opposed? Probably not. Alcoholism and Drug addiction has been recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association since 1956. It is time we stop moralizing, blaming, controlling or smirking at the person with the disease of addiction, and start creating opportunities for individuals and families to get help and providing assistance in choosing proper treatment. Those who want and need medical care for their addiction, and who with tragic frequency are destined to die without it, must receive not only our compassion but also treatment known to save lives.

    Studies have shown the annual cost of substance abuse to the Nation to be $510.8 billion (in
    1999 – 16 years ago!!). More specifically, Alcohol abuse cost the Nation $191.6 billion. Tobacco use cost the Nation $167.8 billion. Drug abuse cost the Nation $151.4 billion.

    Substance abuse clearly is among the most costly health problems in the United States.
    Among national estimates of the costs of illness for 33 diseases and conditions, alcohol
    ranked second, tobacco ranked sixth, and drug disorders ranked seventh (National Institutes
    of Health (NIH), 2000).

    According to several conservative estimates, every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1. Major savings to the individual and to society also stem from fewer interpersonal conflicts; greater workplace productivity; and fewer drug-related accidents, including overdoses and deaths.

    I have personal experience with these facts. I am a person in long-term recovery (20 years). That recovery started at a treatment facility. Prior to 1995 I had never held a job, nor at 31 years old had never been employable. My arrest record was over 100 arrests due to finding ways and means to feed my drug habit. My addiction related medical bills (unpaid) were astronomical.

    Here is what recovery looks like to me: I have been steadily employed since 1996. I have paid my bills and taxes. Bought a home. Bought several new cars. I have gone into schools, churches and hospitals to speak about addiction and recovery. I have earned a degree. I do volunteer work (at nursing homes, animal shelters and other community based services). I am passionate about many issues and especially addiction treatment and recovery. I am able to be a mother. A wife. A grandmother. A friend. A responsible and productive member of society.

    I’ll leave you with this: What if it were your son? daughter? brother? sister? mother? father? grand child? Think it can’t touch you? That it would never happen to your family? That’s exactly what my family thought, too!

  4. My only child died of oxycotin/heroin in 2011 she was 34. I welcome these places. My question is does your place only take the wealthy with insurance that can afford it? Because that’s what killed my girl. After 30 days she was told she was doing great. Only cause the insurance ran out. So I am very cynical.but I do support you if you are about the little people. Maybe you could have helped my girl. Maybe not. But she wouldn’t have been treated different cause she was not wealthy.I hope you get the OK.

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