State inspectors found more than two dozen deficiencies when they conducted a three-day inspection

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EUCLID -- The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities fired off a letter to the Rose-Mary Center in Euclid informing administrators that the center's license should not be renewed.

State inspectors found more than two dozen deficiencies when they conducted a three-day inspection that ended March 14.

The proposed action comes just a day after the Investigator Tom Meyer aired a second report detailing alleged abuse and substandard care at the facility that cares for children and young adults with special needs.

During this most recent inspection, the state found a lack of supervision of special needs residents who were prone to choking. Residents were found choking on saran wrap and were also found to be eating clay, alcohol prep pads and other inedible items.

Inspectors also found some staff were not adequately trained to deal with choking incidents.

inspectors found residents were shortchanged on services.

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"Many pieces of equipment to implement the services identified in individual plans were in disrepair or broken and could not be used to deliver services," according to the report.

Investigators found generally filthy conditions throughout the facility, including broken and rusty door frames, holes in the ceiling and gnat-like insects flying around restrooms that smelled of urine and mildew.

The state issued 32 citations including one in which a staff member admitted telling a coworker "beat her ass" in response to a behavioral incident.

Rose-Mary Center has 20 days to respond with a comprehensive plan that would put the center in compliance with state regulations, or it will lose its operating license.

The facility's executive director, Patricia Colombo, said in a written statement that the center is developing a plan that she feels confident will address all the state's concerns.

Advocacy group Disability Rights Ohio found similar deficiencies in their recent investigation of Rose-Mary Center. The organization released the following statement in response to the state's findings:

"The Department of Developmental Disabilities compliance and licensure report confirms the troubling conditions and lack of supervision and meaningful services provided by Rose-Mary Center that we discovered during our investigation of the facility. The residents and their families deserve better, and we encourage the state to hold Rose Mary Center and its management accountable, including rigorous enforcement of any corrective action plan, and careful review of its license renewal request. Indviduals with developmental disabilities can often live safe, active lives in the community with appropriate services and supports. The state should assess the needs of the current Rose Mary Center residents and determine if they can live in an alternative community setting."

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