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Fri December 13, 2013
Hope Institute Says It Has Plan To Fix Issues
A Springfield facility that houses children and young adults with developmental disabilities says it has drawn up a plan to correct problems identified by state investigators.
Illinois child welfare officials and Springfield police have been investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at Hope Institute for Children and Families since November. No details have been made public.
Hope spokesman Mark Schmidt tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/18Ze98F ) that the ``corrective-action plan'' will not end that investigation. But he says the institute is announcing the plan in an attempt to give the public confidence in the facility.
The Department of Children and Family Services says that because of the investigation is has established 24-hour on-site monitoring where appropriate. It also says new admissions to the facility have been prohibited until further notice.