Hope Network Opens Facility

December 5, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — As if turning 40 this year wasn’t enough, Hope Network Rehabilitation Services has now opened its Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Treatment Program.

Located at 1492 East Beltline Ave., at the corner of Lake Drive SE, the new center will hold its grand opening and open house from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, for the public to tour the facility and meet the staff.

Hope Network Rehabilitation Services has designed the new program and facility for individuals who are experiencing behavioral challenges due to a brain injury. The neurobehavioral program is a direct response to the community’s need for a safe, comfortable living environment for individuals with high-risk behaviors.

Before the opening of these services, families in West Michigan had to send patients to psychiatric centers, specialized hospital units, or potentially out of state for similar behavioral treatment.

All aspects of this program, including building structure and staff training, have been designed to address the needs of the individual who exhibits high-risk, behavioral concerns.

The new program is housed in the specialized 10,000-square-foot building. Some of the many features include reinforced walls, home monitoring systems, individual bedrooms and bathrooms, and ample living space. The program management includes a psychologist, behavior analyst, and staff specifically trained in neurobehavioral intervention and daily life skills training.

“The overall goal for participants is to reduce the intensity of their inappropriate behaviors, allowing them to continue their rehabilitation process in less intensive settings and achieve their highest level of independence,” said Margaret Kroese, executive director of Rehabilitation Services. “Our hope is to increase the number of options available for persons needing behavioral treatment and to return them to a more independent living environment.”           

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