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Miami-Dade’s Munne Center Surrenders License To State

2.0.jpg The Munne Center has finally closed. After years of abuse allegations and succumbing to pressure from the state, the Munne Center turned over its license and its frail residents will be moved to other facilities. The Munne Center has been the assisted living facility in Miami-Dade County with the most fines and is what some consider “a symbol of Florida’s struggles to shutter troubled homes, despite pleas that people were in danger.” Among other claims, residents of the Munne Center have been raped, beaten and left with life-threatening injuries while at the facility.

Investigators inspected the Munne Center in April and discovered residents living in filthy rooms, some with deep and oozing bedsores, while mentally ill residents were left wandering around. Some residents had ant bites while others were suffering from “sweltering temperatures.” The shutdown comes after years of violations and “bickering between state agencies over the safety of the residents in the home’s two wings.” The Munne Center had once been labeled an unsafe environment and has been fined over $70,000 for violations, yet remained open. In 2010, Miami-Dade police were called over 35 times for emergencies. “‘No one deserved to live like the people in Munne were living,'” said a veteran Miami-Dade ombudsman, who was helping residents this week to find new homes.” Now that the center is closed, seventy of the ninety residents have been relocated.

The facility is the latest “casualty” of a statewide crackdown on assisted living facilities and nursing homes that was sparked by a recent Miami Herald investigation. The investigation uncovered that the state consistently failed to shut down assisted living facilities with the most horrid and dangerous conditions. Since the beginning of the investigation, nine facilities have closed their doors and at least a dozen more have lost their state funding and are not allowed to accept any new residents.

Troubled Miami-Dade ALF finally shut down, www.miamiherald.com September 22, 2011.


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