Group home cited for lack of training

first_img“The police are never unnecessarily called, and the staff that has been working at the facility has merely been following protocol as to when to call police,” Robinson-Turner said. An outside view of the home reveals nothing unusual, and it blends into the neighborhood on the 700 block of Farben Drive. Although some neighbors complained that crime has increased since the girls moved to the neighborhood, Maxey said Sheriff’s Department statistics show no change. Pat Watts, a neighbor two doors down from the home, said she’d hardly ever seen the children, and that the home hadn’t bothered her. Robinson-Turner said she had made changes that she expected would help. From now on, the home’s staff will go to the Sheriff’s station in person to report run-aways instead of calling deputies to the house, among other things, she said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “No one wants to see the cops in their neighborhood that often,” said Kathleen Nolan, a planning commissioner who lives across the street from the M&R Turning Point group home. Nolan said neighbors sympathize with the girls but worry about the girls’ welfare to the peace of the neighborhood to property values. “I kind of feel bad, because these girls need a good place to live, and this is a good place,” Nolan added. “But they’re constantly going AWOL and having squabbles that the police have to be called for.” City officials have received complaints about the home and half a dozen neighbors came to a council meeting to voice their concerns. The city contacted DSS to look into Turning Point. “This facility has generated an unnecessary need for law enforcement services,” City Manager James DeStefano said. “It is a drain on Diamond Bar/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department resources, and from my perspective, it is unacceptable.” Mary Robinson-Turner, the executive director of M&R Group Homes Inc., defended the home. DIAMOND BAR – The state Department of Social Services has cited a six-month-old group home for teenage girls for having staff who lack up-to-date training in how to respond to discipline issues. DSS issued a citation for a lack of “emergency intervention training” during a review, said spokeswoman Shirley Washington. DSS plans to meet with the city later this week with an update on their review. The group home had already come under fire from neighbors in recent weeks. The Sheriff’s Department has been called to the foster home for 11- to 17-year-old girls by the home’s staff 30 times in the past five months, and neighbors began to complain to city officials. Lt. Joe Maxey said none of the girls has been arrested and none of the calls have been for criminal activities. last_img

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