Hanna Boys Center allowed to continue operations
Hanna Boys Center has reached an agreement with the Community Care Licensing Division (Licensing) of the California Department of Social Services to stay revocation of its license and allow it to continue to operate as a group home for at-risk teen boys.
The Department of Social Services initiated legal action in late 2017 seeking to revoke Hanna Boys Center’s license to operate as a residential facility based on allegations of sexual abuse and safety concerns that had surfaced over recent months. Since these incidents have come to light, Hanna has worked closely with Licensing to put in place a number of safety measures and policies aimed at reducing the likelihood of future occurrences. These actions include expanded training for staff and residents, installing GPS locators in all agency vehicles, increased staff-to-resident ratios, and a host of new reporting and transportation policies aimed at ensuring the safety of residents.
The terms of the agreement reached require Hanna to operate in a probationary mode for the next three years, allowing the center to continue housing, treating and educating at-risk teen boys with heightened Licensing oversight.
“We’re pleased to reach an agreement with Licensing over this issue,” said Hanna CEO Brian Farragher. “I know both organizations share an appreciation of the vital role Hanna has played and continues to play in the lives of the boys and families we serve. The incidents that have come to light over the past year have shocked and saddened everyone. Yet we have learned so much from them, and are confident that our ongoing partnership with Licensing will help us continue to strengthen our operations, reduce the possibility of future incidents and better ensure the safety of the young people entrusted to our care.”