An investigative look into care homes in Oklahoma

About the care homes project:

Reporters for The Oklahoman and Tulsa World spent six months reviewing more than 40,000 records from federal, state and local agencies on residential care homes and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded.

Most of the information came from records provided by the state Health Department spanning from 2006 to 2009. Included were thousands of inspection surveys, investigatory reports, letters between home representatives and state officials and details on how the homes planned to fix problems the state discovered.

Day 1 - Group Homes - NonFade

Care Homes - An investigation by The Oklahoman and Tulsa World

From late 2006 to early 2009, the state Health Department found more than 830 violations at residential care group homes for the mentally ill and elderly, according to a joint investigation by The Oklahoman and Tulsa World. Read More

Background checks aren't failsafe

A convicted felon was cooking lunch when state inspectors walked into the Heartland Plaza kitchen in Duncan in November 2007. “(The administrator) told me if y'all show up, I'm supposed to leave out the back door,” she said.Read More

Royal Living Care Center leads list in violations

During a 2007 visit to a Prague residential care home, state inspectors reviewed a routine checklist of possible code violations. They checked how Royal Living Care Center trained its staff, stored medications, provided meals and cleaned the home's living quarters.Read More

Care home reports soon to be online

For the past three years, state Health Department officials have been scanning inspection and investigation reports of group homes it oversees into a computer system for easier public access. Read More

Resources:

Definition of facilities and State Health resources

About the project

Search for Oklahoma care home inspection violations from 2006 to 2009

Day 2 - Group Homes Non Faded

A look at Oklahoma's care homes for the mentally disabled

An outbreak of sexually transmitted diseases, mental anguish and a rape allegation ultimately led to the 2007 shut down of a string of New Frontiers cottages in the Oklahoma City area.Read More

McCall's Chapel School in Ada fined $21k

ADA - On a campus of a dozen cottages outside Ada, nearly 150 mentally disabled residents live and work at the McCall’s Chapel School. Read More

Money tight for care homes

A proposed cut in funding could financially cripple homes for the mentally disabled. Read More

Center of Family Love in Okarche struggling but expanding

OKARCHE — High employee turnover rates and low wages are affecting staff at a center for the mentally disabled here, a pattern some experts say is not isolated. Read More

Resources:

Definition of facilities and State Health resources

About the project

Search for Oklahoma care home inspection violations from 2006 to 2009