Licenses suspended, questioned in Minnesota, Texas

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The Minnesota Department of Health has suspended the license of the operator of two assisted living communities in that state, and the Texas attorney general has obtained a temporary restraining order injunction against an assisted living community and its operator, saying they are not licensed.

The license of Salmi Homes Inc., operator of the Clayridge and WillowWood assisted living communities in Biwabik and Eveleth, MN, respectively, has been temporarily suspended with the intention of permanent revocation, according to Duluth, MN, TV station WDIO. The media outlet cites a health department report noting poor care, understaffing, incorrect administration of medication and lack of care of some residents by a registered nurse.

Officials from the county's adult protective services and the state's ombudsman for long-term care office are meeting with the company and community residents, who are remaining at the communities until they find new places to live, according to the TV station.

In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the injunction against Zoe's Safe Place, Austin, and owner Tommie Yvette McKinney after a referral from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, which surveyed the community in August. Police frequently had been called to the community "due to violence and other issues," according to a statement issued by the attorney general's office. The attorney general maintains that Zoe's Safe Place is violating the state's health and safety code and "presenting an immediate threat to the health and safety of the facility's residents."

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