Wyalusing Academy will continue to operate during appeal - Mary Beth Specht, executive director of Wyalusing Academy.
Prairie du Chien, WI - September 25, 2013 - While the facts of what exactly happened are clouded in legalizes, and known only to the various departments, the main incident stems from the following:
The licensee failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of children in its care when Child 1 was severely injured after an incident that occurred at Wyalusing on June 24, 2013. The initial injury occurred after a series of three restraints were performed on Child 1 by Staff 1, Staff 2 and Staff 3 on June 24, 2013, at approximately 6:00 a.m. Wyalusing failed to provide appropriate care, including medical evaluation, to the child after the injury. Moreover, outside medical attention was not sought until approximately 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on June 25, 2013, more than 24 hours after the holds occurred.
The department goes on to list numerous other past violations.
Wyalusing Academy released a statement that states in part -
Because we have filed an appeal, the state has now suspended the recent revocation of our license to operate the facility.
Wyalusing Academy is looking forward to meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families to discuss operations at the residential care center for children and youth.
During this review process, Wyalusing Academy will continue to serve children and youth as it normally does. However, the state does require that a temporary hold be put on admissions during the review.
We expect our discussions with the Dept. of Children & Families to be productive and to yield ideas on how the facility can continue to effectively serve children and their families.
Additional information - The letter of revocation further states:
On August 27, 2013, Licensing Specialist Katrina Nerge was notified by Crawford County Human Services that four current employees of Wyalusing, Staff 4, Staff 5, Staff 6 and Staff 7, have been substantiated for medical neglect as a result of the events that occurred between June 24, 2013 and June 25, 2013. Per the Initial Assessment completed by Crawford County: “[t]he information gathered at the time of the assessment indicated that there was a failure to provide appropriate general care to meet general basic needs, completed (sic) a thorough assessment and seek out further medical assessments by a medical facility while in a caretaker role.” the Initial Assessment further notes that “the failure to timely seek out further medical attention may have aggravated the initial injury causing further serious harm.”