Conditions Still Unsafe, Unhealthy At Indiana Institution
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 21, 2003
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA--Fort Wayne State Developmental Center houses 284 people that have developmental disabilities.
Last year one resident, John Reed, was fatally beaten while he was supposed to be receiving "one-on-one" supervision. No arrests have been made in connection with his death.
And conditions continue to be unsafe and unhealthy for those who remain at the facility, according to media reports.
An annual inspection by state and federal surveyors, which was completed July 28, describes a July 8 beating of a female resident by a male resident. The woman was hospitalized with multiple skull fractures, a broken nose, cuts and missing teeth. She is now back at the institution.
The facility's superintendent said the facility had determined that the woman and her assailant had not needed close supervision.
In the 170-page report, surveyors described dozens of other injuries, most of them minor. They also said the staff failed to investigate and document the cause of injuries, failed to ensure the safety of four residents, and neglected some residents who needed close supervision.
The reviewers found the center did not meet several administrative standards, including vocational services and supervision of daily workshops. They also found several environmental problems at the aging campus, such as mold in bathrooms, cracks in floors and worn out furniture.
In all, the reviewers found the facility failed to meet three of the 16 conditions needed to keep federal Medicaid funding, and failed to meet 16 of 300 standards.
The center must be in compliance by September 3 in order to continue receiving Medicaid money.
"Inspection finds problems at State Development Center" (News-Sentinel)
"Trouble with Indiana's Institutions" (Inclusion Daily Express)