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Canterbury Hills To Close

Canterbury Hills,  a home for the mentally ill in Candler has announced it's closing.

"I am so happy," said Courtney Burton, who lives across the street. "We have had nothing but trouble out of them."

The home currently houses fifty-eight patients some of whom have severe disorders from schizophrenia to multiple personality disorder to turrets.

"I had two of them try to stop me in the middle of the road the other day to get into my car," said Burton. "I was scared to death I was by myself with my kids."

News 13 saw one patient who walked out to talk to us.  Minutes later another resident was seen walking down the street.

"Yeah, absolutely, people are nervous," said a neighbor. He said some of the residents would come and bang on his door late at night saying orderlies at the home were 'trying to kill him and he needed his medication.'

The owner of the home Wittner Wright told News 13 he's closing for a variety of reasons. "For ten years I have advocated for and taken care of individuals no one else seems to want to take care of.  Given the current financial and political environment in North Carolina from a business standpoint I am unable to continue the operation of Canterbury Hills." But Wright said he is working along with Health and Human services officials to make sure all fifty-eight residents in the home are safely placed in new homes. 

Health and Human services officials said Canterbury Hills has had a checkered past.

"They have had a lot of complaint investigations," said Cathie Beatty with Buncombe County's Health and Human Services.

Investigations include a penalty of  $20,000 for medical concerns that include failing to tell doctors of patients' seizures and high blood pressure. A $6,600 penalty was issued for unsanitary conditions including dirty floors, flies, and broken glass. But in the home's defense Beatty said Canterbury often cared for a level of patient no one else wanted to take.

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