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Adult shelters may be closed

  • State targets facility where disabled man died

  • By Eric Eyre
    Staff writer
    April 11, 2007

    A beleaguered South Charleston nonprofit agency that serves mentally retarded and disabled adults is negotiating a deal with the state to shut down its West Sattes day shelter in Nitro and New Horizons program in Boone County, according to agency staff members and state health officials.

    But Deaf Education and Advocacy Focus of West Virginia Inc. wants to continue to coordinate some services for disabled clients at other facilities.

    DEAF has come under fire in recent weeks in the wake of the Feb. 12 death of 22-year-old Craig Allen Payne at the West Sattes Adult Day Treatment Center in Nitro. Payne choked on a hot dog given to him by a DEAF worker who wasn’t trained to work with Payne.

    After an investigation, the state revoked DEAF’s license, but the day shelters have stayed open, pending the agency’s request for a hearing on April 17. The hearing would be canceled if a deal is struck before then.

    “The two sides are still negotiating,” said John Law, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. “Both sides are talking, but they’re not going to release anything to the public until there’s a resolution.” Continue

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