July 23, 2021

More Texas Foster Children Placed in Unlicensed Facilities

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More Texas Foster Children Placed in Unlicensed Facilities

The number of Texas foster children staying in unlicensed facilities has soared over the past year, according to the Texas Tribune. Though such placements are technically illegal, they have increased as shelters and placement facilities have shut down. This year, the state lost more than 1,000 beds for children, most of them in facilities that serve multiple children.

Mont. Investigates Death at Therapeutic Boarding School

Officials from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services are investigating the apparent suicide of a 17-year-old girl at a therapeutic boarding school in the northwest part of the state. According to the Independent Record, the girl died June 25 at Reflections Academy, which also faces allegations of sexual abuse by staff, according to recent filings in a civil case. Montana’s troubled teen industry has been overseen by the DPHHS since 2019.

N.J. Day Care Worker Attacks 1-Year-Old

A New Jersey day care worker was charged with attempted murder after assaulting a 1-year-old July 8, according to NJ.com. Maggie Fruit, who worked at Forever Young Child Care Learning Center, was arrested after police reviewed surveillance footage. Fruit assaulted a different 1-year-old thirty minutes before the assault for which she was arrested. Fruit had worked for the center for two months. The state Department of Children and Families found no violations when it last inspected the family-owned business in August.

Mo. Eyes Working Conditions After Pharmacists Complain

The Missouri Board of Pharmacy will investigate working conditions at pharmacies across the state in response to hundreds of complaints form pharmacists who say they don’t have time to fill prescriptions safely. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the board will examine staffing, prescription volumes and rest breaks.

UCLA To Pay $73M In Medical Abuse Case

A federal judge on July 12 approved a $73 million settlement of a 2019 class-action lawsuit alleging that the University of California, Los Angeles failed to take action against a university gynecologist accused of abusing thousands of women. According to the Associated Press, each of the plaintiffs in the suit will receive between $2,500 and $250,000. Dr. James Heaps, who retired in 2018, faces 21 criminal charges.

 

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