State decertifies group home in Decatur, residents being moved

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DECATUR, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Mental Health has decertified a group home in Decatur, and some residents are being moved today.

The residence, operated by K&D Group Homes, is located at 1702 Dianne Street SW.

Terry Mitchell, Public Information Officer for the Alabama Department of Mental Health, said the home was issued decertification papers because the company failed to meet standards set by the state.

"When that happens, we have a plan of action in place to protect the consumers, and that's what happened today."

Mitchell said there were no problems with the patients. This is a license issue with the owners.

The state is relocating some patients.  This is a further statement from the state:

"The Alabama Department of Mental Health provides access to services and support to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. With oversight from CMS and other federal agencies, the department incorporates quality standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care is achieved. This important mission is accomplished by working in partnership with other state agencies, individuals, families, providers and communities.

Occasionally a provider is found to have consistently failed to meet the strict standards of care as established by the Alabama Department of Mental Health, once the provider has chosen not to comply with these standards their certification authority is revoked."