South Richmond assisted living manager’s license revoked by state
Facility still open despite violations, charges of stealing
After the state leveled a slew of claims against her — including that she stole from residents’ Social Security accounts to pay for casino gambling and vacations — Mable Jones has agreed to have her license to manage an assisted living facility revoked rather than go through a formal hearing that would have allowed her to dispute the charges.
Virginia’s Board of Long-Term Care Administrators suspended Jones’ license on April 24 to administer care at Jones & Jones Assisted Living on Forest Hill Avenue. She was due to have a formal hearing in late June, but instead signed a consent order last week that immediately revokes her license for at least three years.
By signing the order, Jones acknowledged that the board’s findings against her were true, including that she represented herself as the Jones & Jones administrator while her license was suspended, did not ensure residents received proper medical care, allowed residents to reside at the facility who had a history of violence, and stole from resident’s Social Security accounts.
The U.S. Social Security Administration is currently looking into those allegations, while the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Richmond Police Department are also investigating Jones and the facility.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Jones denied the board’s claims, which are laid out in detail in the 13-page document she signed. She said they are not true, but she signed the consent order because the situation was beginning to affect her health. She declined to elaborate.
Jones & Jones is licensed to house up to 160 residents, but Jones has said in past interviews that it is rarely full anymore. Many of those individuals are low income and deal with physical and mental disabilities.
The Department of Social Services has issued Jones & Jones with hundreds of violations in the past five years. The facility consists of two buildings sitting adjacent to each other. DSS denied one license earlier this year, though that denial is currently under appeal. The agency is currently investigating the other building’s license.
Though Jones’ license has been denied, Jones & Jones is still operating as she searches for an interim administrator. According to DSS, an interim administrator still has not been appointed, but the agency is currently reviewing an informal request. A spokeswoman declined to provide additional details about the candidate until a formal application has been submitted.