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Hamden Residential Facility Fined, Placed on Probation

Last December Garden View Manor owner Susan Taylor was arrested for allegedly stealing from patients. Now CTWatchdog.com reports that the facility has been fined and put on probation for two years for other violations.

 

Last December, Susan Taylor, the owner of Garden View Manor on State Street, was arrested for allegedly stealing from two of the clients of the residential facility she not only owned, but also managed.

Now, the facility, which houses 16 residents at 1840 State St. in Hamden, has been fined $1,000 and has been placed on probation for two years.

According to a report published on CTWatchdog.com, Taylor is now banned from the facility and can't have any contact with patients.

Taylor, who lives in Woodbridge, was arrested on a warrant on Dec. 3 after an investigation into the facility prompted by a complaint from two residents who told police that they were missing money, according to Hamden Police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

One resident was out $1,200 after Taylor allegedly used the patient's debit card without permission, according to Smith. The other resident told police that Taylor had stolen and cashed a check for $130, Smith said.

Taylor was charged with fourth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny, third-degree forgery, two counts of issuing a bad check, auto teller fraud and identification theft. 

According to the state Judicial Branch website, Taylor has not yet entered a plea and was scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Monday.

According to the CTWatchdog.com report, the state Department of Public Health conducted several inspections of the State Street facility and found violations that led to the fines and probation status, including 

  • medication that was not stored in a safe manner, 
  • large potholes in a parking lot where patients walked, 
  • mold in a shower 
  • two fire extinguishers that had not been regularly inspected

"Three times, inspectors saw patients drop pills on the floor, only to pick them up and swallow them while attendants watched and didn’t intervene, state records show," according to the article.

"The inspectors also found cases of missing medication, patients borrowing medication from one another and four attendants who said they did not always follow proper procedures because "there were too many irregularities with the controlled medications” at the home, records show."

A person who answered the phone Monday afternoon at the number listed for Garden View Manor said they would have no comment on the state's actions.

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