I am writing in response to your opposition of a Behavioral Health hospital being built near your neighborhood.

There is no greater responsibility of a parent than to keep your child safe. There are a lot of issues and problems that require our attention, but I am pretty sure that this is not one of them. It’s important for our community that we have a facility equipped to treat behavioral health issues. These patients are like any other medical patient, i.e. they are interested in going to a facility where they can receive proper care, the right medicines, helpful interventions, then return to their homes as soon as possible. They have no interest in wandering your neighborhood or talking to your children at the bus stop. For all intents and purposes you would not have any interactions with a patient there any more than you would if it was an orthopedic or endoscopy facility.

I don’t know where we got the idea that life shouldn’t have any problems. I get upset when I go to the local middle school or high school and there is a police car out front. But when I really stop and think about it, I’m glad they are there to deal with problems decisively and effectively. I don’t like to think about anyone being ill or sick, but if they are, I’m glad there will be a place for them to go where they can get the proper help. If the statistics are correct, there is a good chance this could be a neighbor or a friend or someone in my own family. I’ll be glad that I don’t have to drive into Charlotte to visit them or have my family drive a long way to come and visit me.

Your neighborhood is very nice and I’m sure it will remain that way.

– Cara Devine, Huntersville