Two Vulnerable Adults Allegedly Exposed to Illegal Drugs in Annandale Facility
ANNANDALE - An Annandale foster home had its license revoked last Friday, after evidence of drug use was allegedly found in the building.
Rita Rudnitski Adult Foster Care is in the 14,000 block of State Highway 24. It's a two-story home in a rural area.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services investigated concerns involving two vulnerable adults who lived in the facility. According to a report and investigation by the DHS:
On May 6th, 2015, the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force arrested a staff person at the home after he sold an informant around 17 grams of methamphetamine. In October, a family member of the staff person was arrested after a bag allegedly belonging to them was found to contain prescription drugs, a small amount of marijuana, hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.
On October 30th, the facility had its license temporarily suspended.
On November 16th, another family member of the staff person was arrested at the facility after they admitted to using methamphetamine. At the time, they were on probation for a felony conviction. On November 30th, a search warrant was used at the home. During the search, a sandwich bag with 86.9 grams of methamphetamine, a baggie of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.
During interviews, one vulnerable adult said they were unaware of anyone using or selling drugs at the facility. The staff person said both vulerable adults were never exposed to drugs in the building and weren't exposed to chemicals used to make drugs. After the facility had its license suspended, the staff person said they were not aware of anytime illegal drugs were in the building.
However, the report concludes there was evidence that two vulnerable adults were exposed to illegal drugs and drug use at the facility. Information showed that at a minimum, one staff family member, who was on probation for a felony conviction, lived sporadically at the facility and didn't have a cleared background check.
The staff person was disqualified from providing direct contact services from facilities licensed by the DHS. On January 22nd, the facilities license was revoked.
The staff person's disqualifications and the license revocation are each subject to appeal.