State Health Department Takes Enforcement Action Against Monroe County Adult Home to Protect Residents

Home Faces Thousands of Dollars in Potential State Fines, New Admissions Stopped, Appointment of New Administrator Required

ALBANY, April 18, 2003 – State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. this week ordered Clare Bridge of Perinton Home for Adults to cease new admissions until the home takes necessary steps to correct all violations cited by State inspectors on April 11, 2003, and all residents are assessed to ensure that they are receiving appropriate health and mental health care and services.

The State Health Department's actions come in the wake of the violations cited against the home last week for administrative staff's failure to immediately report allegations of sexual abuse to the State and local law enforcement once they were aware of an employee's alleged criminal misconduct. The home failed to conduct its own thorough and comprehensive investigation into the matter, thereby endangering the safety and well-being of all residents.

The home was also cited for obstructing the State's investigation into such allegations in November 2002 by withholding vital information from inspectors regarding alleged incidents of resident sexual abuse by an employee in June 2002. Clare Bridge's administrator and case manager allegedly coerced employees into withholding critical information in last year's investigation.

Commissioner Novello signed an Order of Summary Action on April 16, 2003 requiring the home to cease new resident admissions until the home corrects all violations and ensures that all residents are assessed by appropriate health and mental health care providers. In an unprecedented action, the Department ordered the immediate removal of the home's administrator and case manager and is now requiring the owner to appoint a new administrator to oversee the day to day operations.

The home now faces fines up to $1,000 per day in fines for uncorrected systemic endangerment violations cited in the case.

4/18/03 - 30 OPA