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Plans being finalized for mental health facility in Sassafras

Whitteney Guyton of Portsmouth, owner of Synergy Health Systems LLC, a growing conglomerate that offers mental health care, skilled home health care, and psycho-social rehabilitation at various sites in Hampton Roads, is finalizing plans for a three-building facility in the Sassafras area of Gloucester.

The facility, which was built by former owner Patrizia Nesbitt as a place to house disabled and elderly adults, will now be used to house children with mental health issues. Guyton said during a recent interview that it has taken several months of planning, refurbishing, and hiring staff to get the first of the three buildings, which she has named “Creek Manor,” ready, but that she expects to have children living there by late April or early May.

The home, which has room for up to 18 people, is currently licensed to house a dozen children ages 11-15, said Guyton. She said she’ll be receiving referrals from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, hospitals, and the community ...

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