MEDIA ADVISORY: House Oversight Committee to hear report on Pawtucket group home from Rhode Island child advocate
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on Oversight is scheduled to meet Thursday to hear a
review of the findings in the investigation and site review of the Blackstone Valley Youth and Family Collaborative.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, at the rise of the House (about 4:30 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House.
The report, which will be given by Child Advocate Jennifer Griffith, will review an investigation into the group home that led to a report recommending state welfare officials stop placements to the facility.
According to Griffith’s report, Blackstone failed to report drug and alcohol abuse and violence by residents. She also reported that the group home uses banned aversion therapy, and that the cooperative neglected to monitor residents and provided false documents.
The report found at least one resident who was not receiving necessary sexual offender treatment and staff members often slept or watched television, leaving residents unattended.
The committee will also receive an update on the Children's Rights lawsuit, Andrew C., et al. v. Raimondo, a longstanding federal class action suit that was recently settled. The suit had alleged an inadequate array of foster care placements; inadequate casework as the result of high caseloads; a failure to license foster families in a timely manner; and a failure to adequately investigate allegations of abuse and neglect in a timely manner.
The committee will also hear an update on changes at the Rhode Island Training School. The update is a follow-up to an oversight meeting in November when members heard of serious incidents involving the health and safety of youth residents and staff of the Rhode Island Training School. At that time, the committee decided to revisit the issue to give the Department of Children, Youth and Families the opportunity to put their solutions into practice.
The House Committee on Oversight is chaired by Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903