Austin group home has license revoked after investigation

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A South Austin group home has lost its license following an investigation after the death of a man living there. Jared James, who is autistic, ran away from the home Jan. 5 and was shot and killed by a neighbor who thought James was trying to break into his home.

A state investigation by the Department of Aging and Disability Services revealed staff members at the home were not properly trained and that workers had not been monitoring patient medications. ResCare, which operates as Educare Community Living, surrendered its license for the house on Brantley Bend, and the group home has not been open since the first week of April.

“It’s been a scary place. I’m so happy to have them gone,” said Joan Inbody, who says she can sleep easier now. “I hope they don’t come back. We’ve kept our doors locked for years because of them.”

Inbody, who lived next door to the group home for more than a decade, does not blame the four people with disabilities who lived here. She instead blames the employees who, according to state investigators, weren’t taking care of their patients.

“And that’s sad because you would assume they’re in a group home because it provides more individual care for someone who needs help,” said Inbody.

“The families that place their loved ones in these settings or homes, what are they supposed to do?” asked neighbor Gisela Greenlee.

Neighbors say Brantley Bend is not a place for a group home and hope they never have to go through this again.

A statement from ResCare said they “voluntarily closed the Brantley Cove location because they believe it is in the best interest of the community, the people they serve and their employees.”

State records show that company still operates about 20 group homes across the Austin metro area, including some in Pflugerville and Round Rock. The home on Brantley Bend is less than a mile away from another home.

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