SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A citation issued to Bluegrass Oakwood in
Somerset has been appealed. The facility is the state's largest
home for the mentally handicapped.
The Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board
has appealed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Inspector General. A Type-A citation was issued to Oakwood after a
resident there choked on a hamburger while on an off-campus trip.
Investigators said staffers did not follow policies when they took
the resident off campus.
The citation says the man, with a history of choking, used
special utensils that help him take smaller bites. Oakwood says the
staff did not have the tools with them because no meals were
planned during the trip. Board officials said Oakwood wanted to
appeal the decision because the Type A citation, the most serious,
was considered too severe.
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