South Rich­mond as­sisted liv­ing man­ager’s li­cense re­voked by state

Fa­cil­ity still open de­spite vi­o­la­tions, charges of steal­ing

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - LOCAL PERSPECTIVES - BY KATIE O’CON­NOR ko­con­nor@timesdis­ (804) 649-6813

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.

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