In Sunday Morning’s Advertiser Paper, I noted a story concerning LARC being cited by Department of Health and Hospitals for several violations including poor supervision in 2011.
During the 2010 Mental Health Rally in Baton Rouge, I was a witness to LARC’s neglect of Derrick who was a LARC Consumer and rode the bus with us to Baton Rouge. I noticed that he was acting abnormally the whole time and it was during lunch that he sexually assulted a female participant. What was disgusting was Derrick had no supervision from LARC workers whatsoever and could not be arrested by capitol police because of his mental capcity.
I am not out to make Executive Director Gerald Webber the Big Bad Wolf but I feel that he or his supervisors should be held accountable for this action. In the meantime, I am registering my protest by refusing to patronize Acadian Village or the Christmas lights until changes are made. Look, I know that Mr. Webber has a good heart but if it is true that these documented incidents occurred under his watch, then the shoe must come down on him hard.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said the Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens:
* Did not comply with Home and Community Based Provider licensure requirements.
* Did not follow policies and procedures designed to promote the social, physical and mental well-being of clients.
* Did not conduct assessments of clients’ needs.
* Did not properly investigate grievances.
* Did not meet staffing requirements by failing to ensure staff was trained with basic skills.
* Did not ensure Supervised Independent Living client’s home was kept clean and comfortable.
* Did not make three contacts per week with Supervised Independent Living clients.
LARC’s written response to the DHH investigation — its plan of corrective action — had to be re-submitted early this year because it failed to comply with four of the five criteria DHH requires in such plans.
The re-submitted plan of correction dated Feb. 10, 2012, indicated that by Feb. 12, LARC:
* Trained direct support workers were trained regarding reporting medical issues, medicine issues, logging behavioral and medical issues.
* Implemented quarterly reminder systems and offered training throughout the year on critical incidents.
* Requires that incidents be reported within two hours.
* Contracted with a registered nurse to provide training, medical advice and consultation.
* Implemented a new policy and procedures for grievances.
* Created a chart to track grievances and follow-ups.
* Ensured that client homes are kept clean, comfortable and homelike.
* Trained staff in assisting clients in keeping their homes sanitary.
* Required supervisor staff to make three documented phone conversations per week with each client, including one face-to-face visit at the home