Rochester group homes close 

Several Rochester group homes are closing their doors after the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) revoked their licenses. The Crawford […]

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By KTTC-TV
Published February 01, 2023

Several Rochester group homes are closing their doors after the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) revoked their licenses. The Crawford Home LLC in January notified employees and residents, according to KTTC TV. 

DHS has been looking into the group home since 2019. In March 2019, an inspector with DHS issued a licensing review. The inspection documented 16 citations including mishandling of paperwork and not having proper training for employees. 
A few weeks later, the state issued a noncompliance order. According to state documents Crawford House leaders failed to send in evidence that they had fixed the issues found in the licensing review. 

In June of 2020, there was a maltreatment investigation into the group home. One of the residents left the facility and staff members failed to look for her until the next day. The resident was later found unconscious and taken to a hospital for a possible seizure and drug overdose. The state was not able to determine if neglect occurred in this incident. 

Because of this, Crawford House conducted an internal review and employees were retrained on the resident’s specific plan. 

It wasn’t until November 2021 when the state issued a license revocation of the LLC. One of the owners of the group home had a previous license revoked from the group home Helen’s Home on September 8 of 2021. 

According to state statue, if an individual’s license is revoked, they cannot be granted another license within five years. 

The leaders appealed but it wasn’t taken to court until May 2022. The final hearing took place in late 2022 where the state decided to revoke the license, ceasing all operation. Residents were given until early January to find more housing. 

Crawford House leadership declined comment to KTTC-TV. 

(Source: KTTC-TV)

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