Restore Care Inc. granted provisional certification

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Restore Care's main office, located in Toney (Photo: Kristen Conner/WHNT)

TONEY, Ala. (WHNT)– The Toney-based group home provider in hot water with the Alabama Department of Mental Health has been granted a temporary certification, according to attorney Marcus Maples.

Maples is representing Restore Care Inc. after its decertification last September following allegations of health and safety risks to its residents.

Maples says the AL Department of Mental Health granted Restore Care a 90-day provisional certification that ends on May 31, 2016.

“During that time, Restore Care will continue to work with the Department and the Division of Developmental Disabilities to demonstrate its full compliance with all standards and regulations,” he said in an email to WHNT News 19. “Restore Care is an important part of the Tennessee Valley community.”

The state previously alleged 140 cases of abuse or neglect at Restore Care, claims refuted by operator Doctor Celia Lloyd-Turney. The Department tried to remove residents from Restore Care last September, citing concerns about “irreparable harm,” but was blocked by a Madison County judge who ruled the state didn’t prove its case.Its owner and operator, Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney, denied the claims, saying they weren’t true and the Department didn’t have the full story. Restore Care appealed the decertification.

Maples said Restore Care cares for 25 consumers right now, and has more than 150 employees.

“Restore Care continues to stand by its consumers and its employees as it provides high quality care to those who need it,” wrote Maples.