Thursday, August 5, 2010

PA: State Revokes Woods Services License After Heat-Related Death

State officials Thursday revoked one of the licenses of the Bucks County facility where a severely autistic man died in a sweltering van, and ordered eight other clients who lived in the same unit to be removed from the campus.

The Department of Public Welfare also banned Woods Services, the Langhorne residential care center, from accepting new clients until the department completes its investigation into the death of Bryan Nevins.

In a letter to the Woods Services president, Deputy Secretary Richard Gold cited what he called "gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct" by employees there that led to Nevins' heat-related death last month.

The revocation applies to just one of 37 licenses held by Woods Services for its Langhorne campus. Most of the nearly 1,400 special-needs clients aren't affected.

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