CT nursing home can continue helping registered sexual offenders, court rules

By Kathleen McWilliams . . . A Superior Court judge has ruled that a private nursing home that provides care to prison parolees does not violate Rocky Hill’s zoning code.

The town claims the 60 West St. nursing home violates the town’s zoning codes because it does not serve traditional nursing home patients. Officials say the facility should not be allowed to operate in a residential area without prior zoning approval.

In a decision released last week, Judge Marshall K. Berger Jr. ruled that the facility conforms to a traditional nursing home use, despite the fact that numerous patients are state referrals and parolees.

“According to testimony and evidence, the 60 West operation was similar to any other nursing home. While some patients may have had certain parole conditions, which were not known or enforced by nursing home employees, the testimony indicates that such a situation exists at all nursing homes,” Berger wrote. “Moreover, not all of the patients were state referrals. [An employee] testified that 60 West does not admit dangerous individuals and has rejected some referrals based on safety concerns.”

The 95-bed nursing home opened in 2013 and provides skilled care to select prison parolees and state mental health patients who are often referrals from the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, as well as the state Department of Correction.

Neighbors testified during the trial in August that the presence of sex offenders had caused unease in the neighborhood and real estate professionals testified that the facility had caused property values in the neighborhood to go down.

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      “I really feel for the people who have had their lives disrupted that live next to the facility. The case was really about them.” said former Rocky Hill town attorney Morris Borea.

      The ONLY reason their lives were disrupted is because they CHOSE to fight the case. Those people living in the facility just want to live their lives in peace…. the town people disrupted THEIR lives!

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      While talk about judging a book by its cover. Hey I visit a lady at a nursing home all the time. While I have to pay no mind to all this it does seem disturbing that residents want to justify that they are afraid or causing unease to their neighborhood. What they label as a violent sex offender is just a label. I wonder if its true if a dog really goes back to his vomit.
      I wonder if mentally ill people are not violent or crazy in nursing homes. I’m sure every can say violent things at times or should we just say that was just talk. I was asking someone up at a nursing home today if they would rather be in a nursing home or in a prison and they would rather take a nursing home anytime. Those meddling neighbors need to blow it out their ears. Talk about judging wow..

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      A Nursing home now this is where I would be worried about dangerous people residing. Stupid!

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