- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—SAUK RAPIDS — Staff members at a pair of group homes for vulnerable adults in Sauk Rapids have been cited for three instances of emotional abuse to residents and the license holder for the facilities has been fined $400.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services on Tuesday released documents detailing the allegations, subsequent investigation and the fine.

The incidents involved adjacent facilities at 1852 and 1856 Eastern Star Loop and occurred prior to May 26, according to a DHS investigative memorandum. The allegations included that a facility administrative staff person “screamed” at a vulnerable adult and other clients and called them inappropriate names and racial slurs. The same staff member also allegedly made the same vulnerable adult sit in an office for more than an hour writing “positive statements” about the staff member.

Further it was alleged the staff member “bear hugged” a different vulnerable adult, took them to the floor and another staff member pulled the vulnerable adult’s pants down, uncovering the genital area and buttocks. The two staff members involved were related family members, according to DHS documents.

A DHS investigator made site visits in June and interviewed more than a dozen people. The investigator substantiated the allegations. The facility trained staff on employee conduct and reporting such incidents. The two staff members no longer work at the facilities, according to documents.

The license holder for the facilities, Rule 36 Limited Partnership of Duluth V, was ordered to pay $400 for failure to report the maltreatment at the two facilities. The fine is subject to appeal.

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