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http://perryville.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/officials-call-for-investigation-into-group-home-where-boy-died9105714Maryland lawmakers are asking why the state has given $18 million in contracts to LifeLine Inc., the company operating the group home in Anne Arundel County where a 10-year-old “medically fragile” boy recently died.
The boy, identified only as Damaud, breathed with the help of a ventilator and died on July 2, Patch reports. He was under a “do not resuscitate” order, authorized by social services officials, according to Connie West, his education supervisor. Something as little as his tube clogging and not being changed fast enough could have killed him.
The LifeLine Inc. home, operating from a Laurel apartment complex, was already under scrutiny by the Maryland Health Department for allegations of neglect and staffing patterns, according to CBS Baltimore. The company has contracts with the state to provide care for developmentally disabled children, but the health and safety of children were allegedly not maintained.
The facility lacked the number of employees needed to actually provide 24-hour care for the children, according to Patch.
The other 10 children living in the facility have been moved, though the change is not linked to Damaud’s death.
Officials are waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of Damaud’s death.
Lou is a 12 year-old student who has an educational classification of Emotionally Disturbed with Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder,and Borderline Intellectual Functioning. He has a serious history of aggressive and violent behavior towards others,often harming peers and staff. He is non-compliant and threatening.His home life has been characterized by instability and domestic violence. The local team has worked with Lou since kindergarten and Lou has had a behavior plan that is constantly reviewed and modified to meet his needs.Lou and his family have been involved with the Division of Family Services in the past. He is currently active with the Division of Child Mental Health Services receiving outpatient services. In the past, Lou has experienced two hospitalizations at Rockford Center and day treatment at the Terry Center but behaviors continue to be serious.Educationally he is making some academic progress but his behavior interferes with his ability to learn. Most recently he has engaged in behaviors that would require the school to contact police. He has moved through all the specialized programs the district has to offer and is currently being served through homebound instruction.The local team presented the case to ICT requesting consideration for a specialized day program where there would be structure, supervision, behavioral and emotional support, and flexibility in regard to contacting police.The ICT agreed that Lou was a student in need of additional support. Lou was referred to one of the private school programs used by the ICT.
And all of this is okay with our Governor, his Budget Director, the President Pro-Tempore, the Speaker of the House, and the Controller General. As it stands, ICT issues one annual report, in February, to the aforementioned state leaders.
The Interagency Collaborative Team (ICT) is authorized in Title 14 Delaware Code, Chapter 31, Section 3124. The purpose of the ICT is to provide a collaborative interagency approach to service delivery for children and youth with disabilities who present educational needs that cannot be addressed through the existing resources of a single agency. In addition to planning for individual children, the ICT identifies impediments to collaborative service delivery and recommends strategies to remove them.
ICT is comprised of representatives from:
- Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services,
- Division of Family Services
- Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
- Division of Developmental Disabilities Services,
- Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
- Office of Management and Budget
- Controller General
- Exceptional Children Resources Group, DOE
- Chief Academic Officer, DOE
Children and youth with severe disabilities, mental health concerns, and significant behavioral needs present unique challenges to schools and families. Gaps in services that support families and childrenin their homes and communities continue to exist. This has contributed to an increasing number of students’ placements in residential settings by multiple agencies. Often these students can be provided an appropriate education within the local schools, but their mental health or behavioral needs prevent their ability to remain in their homes with existing resources.- ICT Annual Report FY13
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AND APPROVE THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY IN NEW CASTLE COUNTY TO THE COLONIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND PROVIDING FOR THE FUTURE SUBDIVISION AND CONVEYANCE OF A PORTION OF THIS REAL PROPERTY TO FAITHFUL FRIENDS.That "certain real property" is the DMV recently vacated by the Delaware Department of Transportation.
WHEREAS the Airport Road Division of Motor Vehicles facility (the “property”), located in New Castle County has been vacated by the Department of Transportation; andWHEREAS Section 111 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Improvements Act provided for public input be gathered before a final disposition of the property; andWHEREAS the Colonial School District has proposed using the property as a pupil transportation hub and facility; andWHEREAS Faithful Friends has proposed using ten to twenty acres of the property to construct a Pet Adoption and Community Resource Center; andWHEREAS the surrounding community has indicated support for these two proposals along with their desire for future transportation improvements to alleviate traffic congestion.
Harry "Hank" Curriden, age 67, of Newark, DE went to rest on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Hank was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was an educational advocate for children. Hank was full of pride when he taught Social Sciences at Drexel University. He enjoyed learning about military and native history and loved spending time at the beach with his family.
Hank will be missed by his wife, Melanie; daughters, Katherine Roman (Aaron) and Victoria Curriden; grandson, Jacob; and nephew, John Davis. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry F. Curriden; brothers, Jack and Watson Davis; and sister, Mae Curriden.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19702. A graveside service will be held the following afternoon at 2 pm at Lawnside Cemetery, 1017 Rt. 40, Woodstown, NJ, 08098. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home for Victoria Curriden's education fund. For directions or to express an online condolence, please visit www.strano-feeley.com