Wichita group home closed due to numerous violations

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita group home has been shut down after a state agency found numerous violations.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disabilities Services has revoked the license of the Atishwin Institute, a group home and treatment provider for individuals with substance use disorders.

On Tuesday, August 19, KDADS agency representatives conducted a site visit and survey of Atishwin. They observed numerous violations of state regulations, some major, that could "impact safety and quality-of-care provided to individuals receiving treatment there."

The violations included improper storage of drugs, treatment being provided by unlicensed staff, unsafe conditions such as disconnected fire alarms, broken mirrors and glass, insect and rodent infestations and other unsanitary conditions. Inspectors also determined employee tuberculosis tests had not been completed, no biohazard waste disposal was available and the facility had no way to maintain controlled medications.

They also found the licensee had failed to comply with the Alcohol or Other Drug Addiction Treatment act and said there was no evidence of a current fire inspection.

The facility, located at 937 S. Bluffview, was required to close immediately.

KDADS said the licensee may request a hearing regarding the closure within 15 days of the notice. Failure to do so would result in a waiver of their right to a hearing and the closure order will become final, revoking the licensee's order to operate a treatment facility.

The facility has 35 beds. KDADS staff is assisting about 25 residents find alternate accommodations.

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