2 group homes in Rhode Island temporarily close down after investigation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Two group homes in Rhode Island are forced to temporarily shut down after a state investigation.

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families contract 5 homes in Rhode Island with the Communities for People.

An investigation by the advocate’s office from August through October of 2019 found that there was no adequate food, a lack of supervision of youth, log books missing shift entries, and no medication logs.

As a result, 3 of the agency’s group homes are under probation. Two homes were temporarily shut down.

Craig Gordon, Chief Operating Officer at the Communities for People, said they are working on a top to bottom review to fix these issues.

“We were very, very concerned about the findings,” Gordon said. “We knew about the serious incidents but we did not know about the more global concerns identified in the report.

Gordon said their entire mission is to work with some of the state’s most traumatized fragile kids.

“We want to make sure they always get the services they deserve and the highest quality they deserve,” Gordon said.

The D.C.Y.F. is working with the Communities for People to come up with a corrective action plan before they can re-open the two homes.

“We are re-training all of our staff and have made changes in the program’s leadership,” Gordon said.

The Communities for People serves around 40 kids when all 5 homes are filled, according to Gordon.

He said most of the kids affected by the temporary shut down were placed in other Community for People homes.

Gordon said they are not accepting any other youth until they know they can deliver a solid program.

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