The Morning Brew: "They have a poor business model that is causing people to die."
It's Tuesday. Here are a few headlines to get your day started:
Lawsuit: "They have a poor business model that is causing people to die."
Allegations that a man with an intellectual disability drowned at an outing while a caregiver smoked marijuana.
Claims that new hires entrusted with the care of the disabled are not given background checks or proper training.
A man allegedly strangled by a roommate with a history of violence while a lone staffer looks on, unable to stop him.
The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey has uncovered a witches brew of allegations swirling around a Sequoyah Enterprises, Inc., a private company that takes taxpayer dollars to operate Oklahoma group homes for children and the disabled.
Here is just one of those stories:
Terry Lynn Brown, 44, died Jan. 4 at the hands of his roommate at Sequoyah's' DHS-funded group home for disabled adults in Stillwater, a police report reveals.
There was only one staff member inside the building the night group home resident Justin Taylor Bean, 23, allegedly strangled Brown, police said. Security cameras inside the building did not work — the lenses were smeared with Vaseline.
Bean, a 6-foot-3-inch, 372-pound man, used a professional wrestling move known as a "sleeper hold" to strangle Brown, according to a police report. Employees told police that Bean had a history of violence against other residents and staff.
The owner defended his business:
“These are broken, broken people with broken lives and they are not fixable in an easy way that people want them to be,” (owner Phil) Rhoades said.
Most of the residents in Sequoyah's group homes have histories of aggressive behavior and mental illness, as well as developmental disabilities that are difficult to manage and the state has limited resources to care for them, he said.
Despite compliance problems that have led to the cancellation of two contracts with the company, the state continues to use it to the tune of $6.1 million in services per year, Bailey reports.
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