TONEY, Ala. (WHNT)-- After a state agency cited safety and welfare concerns at a local group home provider for intellectually disabled residents, questions remain.
The Alabama Department of Mental Health Tuesday filed to have residents of Restore Care, Inc. group homes, removed.
WHNT News 19 has learned a judge has scheduled a hearing in the case Monday, September 28. Attorneys tell us that is when they will present examples that they say illustrate the safety and welfare emergency that's prompting the push to remove residents from the group homes.
Meanwhile, we've talked to several sources who work with the intellectually disabled. They tell us that being decertified by the state is rare, and although it can be appealed, it means you can't operate.
Restore Care officials claim they wouldn't do anything to harm patients. Past records show the company had scored a 94% in a review after 2014 site visits . Executive Director Celia Lloyd-Turney says moving residents would be highly disruptive to their health and is worried about how they would react.
State officials counter, they're moving forward with the best interest of those residents in mind. They tell us they wouldn't be taking such actions if they didn't deem it necessary, and that at recent site visits there was evidence to support their concerns.