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