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Some Orangevale Residents Fighting Back Against Proposed Mental Health Facility

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ORANGEVALE -- In a residential Orangevale community, some are trying to block a potential new neighbor from moving in on Elm Avenue.

"I'm just concerned that there's a school right down the street, and there's two other schools right up here," said Julie Duncan.

This all started last month after Turning Point introduced plans for a 15-bed mental health crisis center.

"We don't want to see the nature of our area changed, and we want our children to be safe," said Dianne Hirst.

Hirst and Jaydee Sheppard fear the facility would put their kids in danger.

"I think facilities like this should definitely be available to these people, these people are sick, and they need help, but not in a residential area and so close to a school; so close to many schools," said Sheppard.

Turning Point tells FOX40 the facility would help address the serious problem of mental illness in the area by providing treatment and a temporary home for those recovering from a crisis.

The organization says it successfully runs similar facilities in Rio Linda and South Sacramento.

An application for this one hasn't been submitted to the county yet.

Those opposed are doing everything in their power to stop that from happening.

"Not all people with mental illnesses are dangerous, but people that are dangerous do have mental illnesses, so I don't like them so close to a school," said Sheppard.

Sheppard is one of many who has signed a petition against the facility and she's urging others to do the same.

Opponents have created a website.

They say children would have to walk by the mental crisis center every day because it's just 525 feet from a school and half a mile from three other schools and a park.