Taking It To The Max

Four families have filed an appeal with New Hampshire’s Supreme Court after a judge in Superior Court voted to allow Granite Pathways, a clubhouse for people with mental illnesses, to continue operating. After GP went before the variance board three times and got their approval, the plaintiffs took it to Superior Court. At the hearing the plaintiff’s lawyer said this had nothing to do with mental illness; it had to do with the church allowing “a business” on their property. Of course, he couldn’t help but add repeatedly that people with “schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder” would be there. When the judge decided we didn’t even need a variance to begin with, they were livid and an article appeared in our local newspaper saying we will turn the area into a campus for the mentally ill. Since the fire department regulations state we can only hold 35 people at a time, I fail to see how this is possible. The lawyer for the plaintiffs is merely trying to incite the public. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by this latest twist of the screw, but I am, a little. During the past year and a half that we’ve been open, there hasn’t been even one incident. We do not take any taxpayers’ money since we operate on private grants and donations. What could be better? No one even knows we are here except for these four families that are spending huge bucks to try and get us out. The lawyer for the church where we are located is working pro bono and since it is the city being sued, we don’t have to pay attorney fees. While the uncertainties make it stressful, there have been so many supporters (family members, neighbors, friends, professionals) that I am filled with gratitude. This will all end at some point, and in the meantime we are still open, working towards healthier and better lives for those who already have it hard.


About waywardweed

I am a consumer and parent of two sons, one with a mental illness and the other a third-year law student.
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2 Responses to Taking It To The Max

  1. Justine-Paula Robilliard says:

    Hi there, Waywardweed.. When will this litigation stop? I am sure that there has to be an endpoint, or am I insane?? What is wrong with these people that they feel they have a case??


  2. waywardweed says:

    Hi Justine,
    I guess it will end after they’ve spent their last penny. But seriously since I’m not a lawyer, I’ll make a few guesses … the N.H. Supreme Court can deny the appeal or they can agree to rehear it and render a different verdict or the same one. Who knows? These people may try to take it to the U.S. Supreme Court, although that is highly unlikely. This is crazy stuff.

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