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Saginaw County Adult Foster Care Small Group Home License Summarily Suspended
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)
February 10, 2020 – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has summarily suspended and issued a notice of intent to revoke the adult foster care small group home license of Barbara Mitchell – 1619 Janes Street, Saginaw – for violations related to inadequate care and supervision.
LARA’s actions resulted from a February 5, 2020 complaint investigation conducted at the adult foster care small group home. The investigation found violations of the Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act and administrative rules. Specifically, the licensee failed to ensure that direct care staff were always on duty at the facility, failed to have staff complete a criminal history background check prior to employment, and failed to test staff for communicable tuberculosis prior to employment.
LARA took emergency action to protect the health, welfare, and safety of vulnerable adults.
Effective February 7, 2020, the summary suspension order prohibits Mitchell from operating an adult foster care small group home at 1619 Janes Street, Saginaw, or at any other address or location. Accordingly, she may not accept physically handicapped, developmentally disabled, mentally ill or aged adults for care after that date and time. The order also requires the licensee to inform all the guardians of adults in her care that the license has been suspended and that she can no longer provide adult foster care services.