|March 10, 2004|
FACILITIY FINED FOR NOT PROVIDING ADEQUATE SUPERVISION
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined Lakeview Living Center $10,000 (Statement of Violation) for failure to protect its residents from sexual abuse. The 145-bed intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled is located at 7270 S. Shore Drive in Chicago.
Responding to a complaint, Department surveyors learned a resident known for sexually aggressive behavior had snuck into another resident's room at night and raped him. The resident was supposed to be under constant watch because of an earlier rape allegation.
Upon further investigation, the surveyors also found the man previously had inappropriate, non-consensual sexual contact with four other residents that were not reported to the Department as required by state law.
The Department-ordered plan of correction required the facility to review its policies related to neglectful or abusive situations and to train staff on the reporting process when there is an allegation of abuse.
Lakeview Living Center has requested a hearing on the Department's action. No hearing date has been scheduled.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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