The Pride Group (formerly Plymouth Life) is considering expanding its mental health residential program in Cherokee, going from 15 to 30 beds. The facility would move from the main building at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute campus to the now vacant Donahoe building. This would also make possible, future expansion to as much as 60 beds.
Mike Porter and Richard Porter from the Pride Group, as well as Tom Deiker and Rick Forkenbrock from the MHI were at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors to discuss the county's role in assisting in this expansion.
The Pride Group would use the county's bonding authority to pay for the remodeling project, estimated at between $850,000 to $1,050,000, but the loan would be paid by the Pride Group from revenues it receives for its operation.
According to Mike Porter, the level of care is a step down from the acute care provided at MHI. The length of stay will vary by individual with some moving fairly soon to a lower level of care or even independent living, while some require longer term care or even a return to acute care.
Porter explained that there is a waiting list for the kind of care provided by the Pride Group with some potential patients in a more intensive and more expensive care setting than needed because of lack of bed space.
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors will meet with a bonding consultant from Ruan Securities on June 13 to ask questions about bonding.