Owners: Group home won’t pose problems

Owners of an adult group home are assuring the public that the facility will not be a detriment to the community.

Les Crowe, who also owns homes in Wellsville and Steubenville, along with his partners, told village council last week that the group home, in the former Presbyterian church at High and Elm streets, will house 16 residents with mental health disorders. He said that the home, licensed through the state and regulated by the Ohio Department of Health, will house independent, high functioning individuals and is not permitted to accept potential residents with any history of violence.

Crowe spoke to council to help prepare members for probable concerns expressed by community members. He said that the residents are people who suffer from disorders such as depression and forms of schizophrenia and come to the group home to receive guidance in everyday routines. He said the group home staff monitors meals, distributes (not dispenses) medications and provides laundry service.

The group home will be a 24 hour, seven days a week facility with 16 residents averaging 53 years of age. There is one staff member on duty at all times with consistent visits from nurses and physicians. The home’s administration conducts strict background checks on potential residents and works closely with their caseworkers.

“Hopefully we can put some minds at ease,” Crowe told council. “These are just people who need a little guidance in their lives. They respond to the environment they live in and Leetonia looks like a good environment.”

Zoning Inspector John Rydarowicz said that all the proper zoning is place for the facility.

The home has not yet been opened.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net