October 25, 2019 Status Update

On October 12, 2019, the New Castle County Department of Land Use created a question and answer flyer regarding The Refuge. See the flyer below.

The Refuge Fact Sheet – 20191012

On October 19, 2019, Senator Nicole Poore gave me the good news that as of the past Thursday, October 17, 2019, the Department of Correction would no longer be sending offenders from the Plummer Center to The Refuge.

Following is an excerpt of my October 19, 2019 email to Senator Poore thanking her for the good news:

Here is the link to the article I mentioned regarding Brandywine Counseling. There are clear parallels to the issues that we face regarding The Refuge. Perhaps there is a win/win solution possible for all concerned if the state, county, and city can work together. Just as addicts don’t want to be stigmatized, residents don’t want to be traumatized. I think it should be possible to protect the perceptions of each group while still providing the full array of needed services at an appropriate location.

Brad Siegfried

Today I learned that on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, the New Castle County Department of Land Use met with the property owner’s engineer (Apex Engineering) to discuss the required change of use permit and Site Plan in greater detail. “That submission was supposed to be received before Monday, but it will be a little delayed.”

  • klynmil says:

    Their Provisional License runs out on December 11, 2019. The following is from the Delaware Administrative Code:
    2.3.2 Provisional license A provisional license may be granted, for a period of less than one year, to all personal assistance services agencies that: are not in substantial compliance with these regulations; or fail to renew a license within the time frame prescribed by these regulations. The Department shall designate the conditions and the time period under which a provisional license is issued. A provisional license issued to an agency that is not in substantial compliance with these regulations may not be renewed unless a Plan of Correction has been approved by the Department and implemented by the personal assistance services agency. A license will not be granted after the provisional licensure period to any agency that is not in substantial compliance with these regulations. A license will be granted to the personal assistance services agency after the provisional licensure period if: The agency has regained substantial compliance with these regulations and The agency fulfilled the expectations of the plan of correction that was created to address the deficient practices that gave rise to the license action.

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