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Marshfield approves special facility within Norwood

MARSHFIELD Wis. (WSAU) -- Norwood Health Center in Marshfield will be the new home to an 8-unit “community-based residential facility,” or CBRF. Marshfield’s Common Council approved that plan at their meeting Tuesday night, and Keith Lang from Lutheran Social Services says CBRF’s are intended for patients with chronic mental illness, while they’re being integrated back into the community. According to Lang, “The purpose of this facility is not long term residential. It’s not intended that these individuals will remain at the facility for extended periods of time. It is a crisis diversion program with the goal of re-instituting their safety plan, getting them back into the community, into their own living situation.” The Council approved the plan by a vote of 6 to 4 despite the fact that it was originally voted down earlier in June by Marshfield’s Plan Commission. CBRF’s are usually located in single-family residential neighborhoods, rather than in areas zoned for “mixed use” as is the case with Norwood Health Center.