Friday, Dec. 19
Fauquier Times Staff
The Virginia Department of Health released a study Friday morning that recommends for the denial of an application to build a $28 million psychiatric hospital in Vint Hill.
The study lists a number of reasons that the local government should reject the project proposed by for-profit company Behavioral Health Wellness Center, LLC.
The rational includes:
There is no public need for the facility
According to the report, there are other similar facilities within an hour driving distance of Vint Hill. The adjacent facilities are large enough to accommodate patients from Fauquier County.
The project would affect other existing psychiatric hospitals negatively
Having an additional psych ward would take away patients from other hospitals. Prince William Medical Center and North Springs Behavioral Healthcare are listed as facilities that would see a decrease in patients and revenue.
The proposed plan fails to adequately comply with the State Medical Facilities Plan and the Code of Virginia.
The proposed project wouldn't be economically viable at this point in time.
Many residents expressed disproval of the proposed project.
Vint Hill residents expressed their concerns about the proposed psych ward at a public hearing on Dec. 5.
Opponents took issue with the location of an in-patient 40-bed facility near a residential area, schools, day care centers and an FAA facility and questioned whether the Vint Hill location near the border of Prince William County is too far for potential patients in Orange, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison -- counties that are also in the District 9 service area with Fauquier.
Mike Maloney, president of the Vint Hill Homeowners Association, presented a petition against the psychiatric facility that he said was signed by 240 Vint Hill residents.
The full report from the Virginia Department of Health is embedded bellow: