DHS: Mankato Group Home Worker Steals Clients’ Cash

(Mankato, MN) – The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has determined that there was recurring and serious maltreatment at a local group home, with a staff member allegedly stealing the money of clients.

The facility investigated was the Habilitative Services’ location at 209 Grovebrook Circle in Mankato.

DHS says a worker there stole more than $800 from four residents who are vulnerable adults due to diagnoses including traumatic brain injuries. The staff person who allegedly stole the money no longer works at the facility, which has now made procedural changes to prevent such thefts from happening again.

Another recently filed report by DHS concluded that there was “serious maltreatment” at the NU Horizons of Southern Minnesota group home in Elysian after a resident ingested a marker and needed surgery to have it removed. The staff person alleged to be responsible for that has now been disqualified from providing direct contact services.

In Winnebago, a woman who worked at an assisted living facility is accused of stealing prescription pills that she was supposed to give to residents. This after she was found sleeping in her truck, wearing one shoe and covered in chocolate.

And in North Mankato, a child care provider has had her license immediately suspended temporarily after allegedly sleeping while there were children in her care. Jessica Ybarra is fighting the suspension, saying all the parents had given her permission to go to bed.

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