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Duval County assisted living home shut down

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Updated: 10/19/2012 7:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Multiple assisted living facilities in Northeast Florida received a surprise visit this week from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. And what they found at one local facility caused them to shut the doors.

One center had to remove all 14 residents until the violations get corrected.

Diversity Me was just one of 39 care facilities in Northeast Florida evaluated this week by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

"To have a situation so extreme to where Jacksonville fire rescue issues a cease and desist order because the facility isn't habitable, that's a problem," says AHCA Inspector General Eric Miller.

The AHCA made unannounced visits to these assisted living facilities and adult family care homes, to review records and ensure the health and safety of those living at the facilities.

AHCA Health Quality Assurance Dept. Secretary Molly McKinstry says, "We did have serious findings at two of these facilities. One of them is already published and that was an emergency action we took at Diversity Me." The other, potential neglect concerns for a woman living at the Caron Brown adult family care home. She was relocated from the facility."

Sources tell us other violations uncovered at care facilities were largely administrative issues. "The state of Florida spends $21.2 billion a year on the provision of Medicaid services, so we need to ensure those dollars are being spent appropriately," says Miller.

The good news is that most of the facilities in our area passed inspection. But reps with AHCA tell Action News that's why they do these inspections, so small problems don't become big ones.

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