Missing Meds Prompt Suspension Of Local Group Home Licenses
February 28, 2020
By Danica Katnikemail@example.com
Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, has summarily suspended the licenses for two local adult foster care small group homes.
LARA has issued two summary suspensions and two notices of intent to revoke the adult foster care small group home licenses for Holly Purdy. The group homes are Nightingale Retreat, located in Genoa Township on Dewdrop Lane, and Blue Heron Pond on North Rushton Road in Green Oak. LARA Communications Manager David Harns tells WHMI the department conducted an investigation after receiving complaints. As a result, fifteen residents residing in the facilities were immediately relocated.
Harns says the violations are specifically regarding prescription narcotic diversion by the licensee. Earlier this month, at the Nightingale group home, it was found that medications in a hospice comfort kit had been replaced with an expired and partially-used bottle of morphine. The resident’s morphine was later located at the Blue Heron home and found to be empty with a syringe in the top of the bottle. Violations at the Blue Heron home included duplicate prescriptions being filled for one resident. Of the resident’s 56 prescriptions that were filled over the course of less than two years, 42 were not written by a physician.
As of Thursday, the licensee, Holly Purdy, was ordered not to operate an adult foster home at any location. Purdy can request a hearing in which an administrative law judge will look at the facts of the case and determine if the suspension should stay in place. The summary suspension orders are attached below.
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