In September 2018, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) appointed a monitor for the Bellwether Behavioral Health group homes and day programs due to gaps in care, including staffing shortages and safety lapses, implicated in reports of abuse or neglect of residents. Bellwether's group homes have 494 beds for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities (I/DD). The monitor is reviewing Bellwether’s care, services, staffing, and accountability. On July 12, 2018, DHS temporarily suspended admissions at Bellwether’s 62 group homes in the state due to ongoing concerns about resident safety and staffing shortages identified during inspections . . .
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