Johnson wrote a letter in January to Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson asking the department to reconsider its decision to put the home near the local church and school.

He said he’s drafted new legislation that “hits licensing requirements” of the homes.

The home sits on 6 acres northwest of Cambridge near Moon Lake on 336th Avenue.

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One woman works as a nurse and said a mentally disabled person can become defensive and punch, kick or slap.

The crowd established they should not approach a “runaway” client, but go inside and call 911.

The Saturday meeting discussion established several facts: The home is licensed for three people; clients are 18 or older and stay for 90 days; the required staff-to-patient ratio is one-to-one at all times; a minimum of two professionals stay overnight; workers are state employees, not contractors; and there are alarms on all the doors and windows.

Neighbors talk Everyone wanted to know more about the risks and criticized placing the home in a location adjacent to the church, its K-12 school and a community playground.

He thinks information would ease people’s anxiety and they should be informed before the fact, not after.

Johnson said the federal lawsuit that closed the former Minnesota Extended Treatment Options in Cambridge has had far-reaching effects. ” Schommer said the health system searches for rentals, and owners probably jump at the chance to sign a five-year lease.The woman said some clients have had a rough road and need Christian compassion, for somebody, somewhere along the line, to offer another chance.She supposed it’s nicer for anyone to have a window in front of them than an institutional wall.People talked about pushing for a law that keeps treatment programs away from any schools. How could you do one and not see the school right there?”Schommer said the home’s director told him the state had done a site visit.Johnson spent 18 years as a deputy sheriff and found that mentally challenged people most often become upset at themselves, exhibit self-destructive behavior and sometimes need to be “talked down” from a situation.