Submitted by Martha Brock on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 11:24pm
About a month before police cracked down on charity food handouts in Moore Square, the city’s parks director sought legal advice to end the practice she called “out of control,” according to email records released this week.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 1:31pm
A trio of senators has filed a bill to wipe away the lease of the Dorothea Dix site inked by Gov. Bev Perdue on her way out of office, throwing into limbo a plan that would turn the central Raleigh campus into a park.
"The 325-acre campus is home to a former mental hospital and many of the administrative offices for the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the terms of the Perdue-signed deal, the city would lease the property from the state for the development of a "destination park." Plans at the time of the deal called for DHHS to move off the property to another office complex.
The county, spending $22 million a year on mental health, had “imbedded” care for those groups into widespread operations and clinics. Now each part of the care that Wake County had offered through its Human Services Department must be examined as part of the ongoing “divestiture.” That means some other private or nonprofit entity will likely take over the work through a contract with Alliance.
There appears to be a whole lot of potential cracks for these patients to fall through, and part of this park deal should be an agreement by the State and Raleigh/Wake to make sure that doesn't happen.
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