State revokes licenses for 'Just Like Home' elderly group homes
An update to a 21 News exclusive on three group homes for the elderly in Howland cited for violations described as life-threatening to residents. The owner will not be allowed to ever hold a license again.
The owner of three group homes for the elderly in Howland will not be allowed to ever hold a license again.
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is officially revoking Eugenia Mihas' licenses for Just Like Home I, II and III effective July 13.
As part of the order directing the revocation, OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck confirmed and approved hearing examiner Ronda Shamansky's report and recommendation.
Mihas will be permanently denied a new license if she applies again, according to OhioMHAS Director of Media Relations and Outreach, Eric Wandersleben.
Wandersleben said that based on the law, she would not get a new license because of a finding of neglect.
When the state proposed revoking the licenses last July, Mihas challenged the alleged violations in a series of hearings in April.
In May, Shamansky issued a report and recommendation that the licenses be revoked.
Shamansky said there was overwhelming evidence of a long history of non-compliance with state rules and "several violations are of a type that are genuinely life-threatening and pose a very legitimate risk to the residents of the home."
Just Like Home was cited for a finding of neglect, not conducting background checks and not reporting allegations of possible abuse or neglect to the state in a timely manner or at all.
An 88-year-old woman fell in 2017 and did not receive medical attention until two days later and another elderly woman had to go without prescribed pain medication for 17 days.
After the recommendation, Mihas voluntarily turned in her licenses June 4.
Even without a license, Mihas can still care for two unrelated adults in each home but no one with mental illness.