Ask Joe: Supervision Question

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 11/20/2012 11:10 am

Wally in Stateline wrote in asking about about a recent story in the news regarding a mentally disabled woman who became pregnant.  The courts ended up getting involved at one point to possibly decide whether the woman should be allowed to deliver her baby.  Wally wants to know where were the people who were supposed to be supervising her ?  He asks, was there a breakdown of some kind that allowed her to get out of the facility where she lives ?

I talked to Ryan Giles today, he works out of Orem Utah for Chrysalis, the company which operates the care facility in this case.  They operate 45 group homes in Nevada.
Giles says there are 3 to 4 people in each home with a small staff but the residents are allowed to come and go and most of them do have jobs. 
   So it is not a lockdown care situation where the residents are not allowed to leave the house. These people require assistance , but they are considered to be somewhat self -sufficient.
  Typically it is the individual or their guardian who make the decsion to place them in one of these homes.
 Giles says there was no breach in protocol and none of the staff members did anything wrong in terms of security or supervision in this case.


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