Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear, Officials Break Ground for Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 31, 2010  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Jill Midkiff

Project Will Create Residential Homes, On-Site Health Clinic for Bingham Residents and Community

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Governor Steve Beshear, state Rep. Jimmie Lee, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Janie Miller and officials from the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (BHDID) gathered today for the official groundbreaking for new residential homes and a clinic for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The project will enable individuals residing at the old Bingham Building on the Central State campus to move into smaller, more modern community-type homes. The homes will be constructed on the campus of Hazelwood Center, a licensed, state-owned and operated facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Today marks a significant step forward for the residents of Bingham, as well as all Kentuckians with intellectual or developmental disabilities,” said Gov. Beshear. “For years, we have worked to provide the best possible treatment for residents to ensure care and improved quality of life. This project further enhances these services, expands community options and will improve the quality of care.”

“The Hazelwood clinics and group homes have been a long-time dream of the Bingham families.  It will be wonderful for the families of those at Hazelwood to have their loved ones live in a modern, home-like setting,” said Rep. Jimmie Lee, of Elizabethtown. “I am very pleased and honored to have been a part of working with the Governor, the families, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to see this long-time dream finally become a reality.”

The clinic will provide medical, dental, psychiatric, behavioral support services, therapies and other specialty medical services to individuals residing in the homes, as well as to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are living in the community. 

“We are excited to have this project officially under way,” said Miller. “Though these are challenging economic times, Governor Beshear’s administration is committed to seeing this project through and continuing to enhance services and advocating for the needs of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.”

“This project symbolizes our commitment to improving services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Kentucky and our efforts to move residents to residential communities where we can better meet their needs and improve quality of life,” said BHDID Commissioner Stephen Hall.

The project includes the construction of six, four-bed homes, each approximately 3,500 square feet, and a medical/dental clinic that will be approximately 17,000 square feet. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $10.4 million, including design, review, inspection and construction. The expected completion date of the project is mid- to late-summer 2011.