Funding For Facility Is No Longer In Jeopardy, But Troubles Persist
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 2, 2002
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA--The state Department of Health said Tuesday that Fort Wayne Developmental Center is no longer at risk of losing its Medicaid funding because it has corrected most of the problems the department found in July.
But new problems have emerged at the institution that houses 299 people with developmental disabilities.
Tuesday's report outlined several incidents in which the facility had failed to protect of its residents.
On August 13, a resident tried to choke on a purse strap. Department officials said that staff members failed to report the incident because they believed it was self-abuse instead of a suicide attempt.
On August 24, a resident had wandered into the woods near a local camp. Staff members found the resident unconscious with a bathing suit tied around the neck. Emergency personnel revived the resident who has recovered. Department officials ruled that the facility had failed to provide enough staff members to meet the resident's needs.
Indiana State Police have not yet released their findings regarding the death of John Reed, a 38-year-old resident that died on June 9 after being beaten at the facility. Reed, who was supposed to have had one-on-one supervision, died with a torn liver, pancreas, punctured lung, along with broken ribs and other bones. The local coroner ruled Reed's death a homicide.
The only other state-run institution, Muscatatuck Developmental Center, is scheduled to close by the end of 2003.