License Revoked at Annandale Health Facility 13 Oct 11

State regulators have revoked the license of an Annandale mental health treatment facility that failed to properly care for two residents who committed suicide in the past year.

The Star Tribune reports in one case, workers failed to immediately try reviving a resident found hanging from a closet door with a jump rope around the neck. In another case, workers failed to take steps to protect a suicidal resident.

The deaths occurred at Annandale IRT, which has been repeatedly cited for violating rules aimed at protecting its vulnerable clients over the past two years, according to an investigative report issued Monday by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The 16-bed facility has 10 days to appeal the revocation and facility officials say they will appeal.

DHS Inspector General Jerry Kerber said “We believe the service they are providing is substandard.”

The state did not identify either suicide victim.

Since 2009, the facility has been cited for more than 40 licensing violations, state records show, and about half of those violations were repeat offenses. The facility was ordered to pay a total of $1,400 in fines.