Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday that his office has reached a $600,000 settlement with a nursing facility in Westlake/MacArthur Park to resolve allegations that it improperly discharged homeless and mentally impaired residents and failed to meet quality of care standards as required by law.
“This settlement is another step in assuring all patients, especially those contending with homelessness or mental health issues, receive the safe and lawful care they deserve — including when they’re discharged,” Feuer said.
Representatives of the Lakeview Terrace Skilled Nursing Facility did not immediately respond to a request to comment.
Once the court signs off on the terms of the pending settlement agreement, Feuer said Lakeview Terrace will be required to spend $150,000 to retain an independent monitor, selected by the City Attorney’s Office, to oversee its operations for a period of two years. The monitor will report its findings to the City Attorney’s Office, which will enable the office to take further action if new violations are identified.
Lakeview Terrace also must pay $200,000 in civil penalties and disperse $50,000 over a period of two years to cover housing costs for residents unable to afford suitable residential placement at the time of discharge, while any money not dispersed must be donated to the Union Rescue Mission, the Midnight Mission and the Integrated Recovery Network.
Lakeview Terrace will allocate $200,000 over a period of three years to hire, train, and support a director of resident care and compliance and related staff, who will oversee the implementation of discharge planning policies and relates issues.
Also under the settlement, Lakeview Terrace must comply with a number of other conditions that Feuer’s office said will immediately improve the experience of all of its residents.
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