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Ohio AG gets restraining order to temporarily shut down Toledo home for mentally ill residents

The emergency injunction was filed against Clara Mae’s Adult Family Home on San Rafael.
Attorney General Dave Yost filed an emergency injunction against Clara Mae’s Adult Family Home...
Attorney General Dave Yost filed an emergency injunction against Clara Mae’s Adult Family Home on San Rafael in Toledo after the death of a resident.(WTVG)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:46 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The death of a 50-year-old resident at a Toledo housing complex for people with mental illnesses has prompted the Ohio Attorney General to secure a temporary restraining order to close the facility.

A lawsuit was filed by AG Dave Yost in Lucas County on Tuesday, seeking an emergency injunction of operation against Clara Mae’s Adult Family Home on San Rafael Ave. in Toledo. Yost seeks to permanently shut down the two homes and move the four tenants to better conditions.

“Caring for the sick is not easy, but there needs to be a certain level of accountability and human decency that is clearly lacking here,” Yost said in a press release. “These folks deserve a stable environment to live.”

The 50-year-old resident of the home was found dead on November 12, but Clara M. Brank, the owner and operator of the facilities, did not notify the state and the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board until Nov. 20 of the resident’s death.

Brank then gave conflicting statements to Lucas County officials and the state about the resident’s death, where it occurred and the date the resident began living there.

It was reported that the resident collapsed and died on the premises. The cause of death is unknown.

County and state officials said they have suitable accommodations in place for the four residents currently living at the homes owned by Brank.

The facility received numerous inspections this year from the state, which found multiple violations of the Ohio Administrative Code regulations of residential facilities. The violations center around a failure to supervise residents, lack of cleanliness, and unlocked storage of medication.

Brank was not permitted to accept any new patients as a result of the revocation as a result of those repeated inspections.

The state also notified Brank at the time that it intended to revoke her license to operate residential facilities for people battling mental health issues subject to an administrative hearing. Brank violated the law by accepting the now-deceased resident in November.

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