Oakwood may be too troubled to fix

The Head of Kentucky's Health and Family services says Kentucky's largest center for Adults with mental retardation may be too troubled to fix.
Mark D. Birdwhistell the secretary of the cabinet for health and family services says the communities at oakwood may have too many complex and deep-rooted issues to untangle but that the facility is not slated for closure.
Birdwhistell says he is working to find new placements for as many of its 255 residents such as group homes.
The state has amassed 20 citations in the past 19 months for serious instances of abuse or neglect at Oakwood.
There have been criminal charges against 16 employees in the past 3 years for alleged mistreatment of residents and chronic staff shortages that intensify other problems.


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