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Sonoma Developmental Center loses federal certification again

The embattled Sonoma Developmental Center – home to some 439 residents with a variety of developmental disabilities on a 1,000-acre campus outside Glen Ellen – was notified on Friday that its Intermediate Care Facility does not meet Medi-Cal compliance standards following a survey completed this month, and the facility will lose federal funding for 166 residents.

The ruling takes effect 90 days from last Friday.

That news follows the 2013 decision to decertify four of 10 residential units in the facility’s Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) because of failure to cure 57 “deficiencies” and four cases of “immediate jeopardy to resident health and safety.” At that time, federal funding for the care of 112 residents was lost, costing the state some $1.37 million a month.

Prior to that, the facility was rocked with revelations of abuse, including rape and assault with a Taser weapon.

Friday’s decertification letter from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) affects seven units of the ICF, although a press release from Nancy Lungren, spokesperson for the Department of Developmental Services, which oversees SDC, stated that the affected ICF “units remain fully operational and services for residents will not be interrupted.”


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