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#491 Jan 30, 2014
For anyone who is interested in reading more about HIPAA This is the Federal website.

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understa...

I want to point out that much like seeing other residents in a group home is the following example; If I go to my doctor, other patients may see me and even speak with me and that does not violate HIPAA- and I have the choice to tell anyone anything about myself and my health or treatment and neither seeing or observing me in the office or speaking with me violates HIPAA even though you have now seen me there (whether I specifically chose to have you see me or not). However if a nurse, secretary or doctor comes out and in front of someone, or within earshot of someone who is not specifically authorized to hear or see that info, and without my permission begins to discuss my health history or personal information without my consent, they are violating HIPAA. Or if they leave my medical records out in an area where someone who is not MY health provider or other authorized person, that is a violation of HIPAA. So to apply this to group homes - community living situations. My existence there is not protected under HIPAA unless it is disclosed within the transmission of document covered under HIPAA by an entity restricted in its dissemination by HIPAA. If a staff person discusses a residents treatment or health status in earshot of another resident, visitor, community resident, etc who is not authorized to receive such info it is a violation of HIPAA or if staff person leaves protected medical info unsecured where a visitor or other resident can see it, or read it, that is a violation of HIPAA. Visiting my son where he lives, and even in his room, even if his roommates are present does not violate HIPAA as long as the staff does not discuss the medical info or treatment of another individual in the house with me- nor should they do so with other residents. Further, nothing my son (who is verbal)reports to me directly about himself, his experience in the house, things staff do, or things others living in the house with him do or say is protected under HIPAA from his or my disclosure. Of course he and I and anyone should be governed by normal human social constraints about gossip etc. but that is a human and not a legal or HIPAA issue. PHI (protected health information) as defined in HIPAA is very specific and it is the on information that HIPAA covers.

I hope this helps in thinking about HIPAA and privacy rights and the mis-representation of HIPAA by people and agencies who want to operate and abuse our children under a cloak of secrecy (pretending it is protecting the rights of those with disabilities) restricting parents, guardians and friends from visiting our loved ones with disabilities in THEIR HOMES as we would anyone else in our communities.
In Reality

Oakland, NJ

#492 Jan 31, 2014
Scared nj,

Look at my post again my friend, I never said HIPAA had anything to do with anything other than protecting all individual's medical information, including you and me.

it is a civil rights law that prevents doctors, and anyone else from sharing our medical information without consent. I was not giving legal advice.

The rights of the residents I was referring to and HIPAA are two entirely different topics....dear God how much clearer can I be!
Just in

Port Jervis, NY

#497 Feb 7, 2014
Yea and if you try to say something they fire people it's time to get someone on our side now we all try but they who don't work with these residents like us think they no it all they sit on there asses and do nothing we lost a couple if good people that were trying to get it in there heads it's not working this way and nothing changes it's there way or the high way I and we take all the bad stuff as if were the bad people all they care about is there pockets what about ours
baconburger

Carlisle, PA

#500 Mar 15, 2014
The place sucks. Harrision is redneck rascist.bacon is a meathead
baconburger

Carlisle, PA

#501 Mar 15, 2014
has anyone checked out the article in the new York times from May, 1997 by Nina Bernstein. Chilling that Harrison bacon and those other idiots are in charge of special needs children. Check it out and share with many.
blanket

Flemington, NJ

#502 Mar 17, 2014
as usual advo has disappointed my outlook about them.. I try to see the good in advoserv. but atleast once a month I see some sort of disappointment. they really do care more about money and bodies then they do the residents.. the administration is just one disappointment after another. atleast at the Ringwood and macopin locations.. macopin is a huge joke. and I have worked at other places for the disable and mentally handicap. and nothing like advoserv.. the supervisors if that is what they are calling themselves. do about
nothing all day but paper push. and outings are never as good as they want people to think,, lets be serious most of advo residents cant live or interact in the community and yes they say that is what they are doing.. teaching them to be able to do community things. but most of the residents have a problem in taking direction so even on outings it is hard to do anything with them. take them to the movies out of 6 residents 3 fall asleep and the other 3 need the bathroom 4 times . which the up and down makes other patrons upset. they also paid to see the movie.. go to mcdonalds for outing they eat with their hands food is always all over the floor and tables . this doesn't bother me what bothers me is that the administration isn't taking them to mcdonalds or out in public.. at all.. but they will tell staff what or how it should go on an outing.. we go to ala art also to make ceramics. well this is a joke too.since they send lower functioning with the hirer function which causes us to leave and the higher functioning rush through their project . I am sure like last time this post will be deleted . only because it is the truth. I have no reason to lie or make up stuff..
Sick of it too

Pottstown, PA

#503 Mar 27, 2014
Advoserv covers up everything they do.It is by far the most abusive residential facility in Delaware.The administration are allowing these children to be abused.These children are being abused in the classroom and at their group homes. Especially at the so called "adult program" in Middletown. My team and I will do everything we can to put advoserv in the spotlight!! You all know who you are and what you have done!
topdown1

Absecon, NJ

#506 Mar 31, 2014
I'm considering having my adult autistic son live in a group home at an Advoserve group home in Swedesboro NJ. What should I know before making this decision?
blanket

Flemington, NJ

#507 Apr 2, 2014
Adult Programs

Our New Jersey programs provide services to adult men and women diagnosed with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities and dual diagnoses.

Our New Jersey community residential living arrangements provide behavioral treatment services for individuals who are transitioning from institutional placements or have not benefitted from other services. Individuals live in comfortable, attractive homes throughout the state, including Somerset County (central), Salem and Gloucester County (south) and Passaic County (north). These residences often serve as our individuals’ stable home where they may live and thrive in a family setting through the end of their lives.

Once at home in a New Jersey residence, individuals learn adaptive skills, find functional employment, and participate as full and active members of the community. Home is a structured, stable environment equipped with live interactive video that enables our professional staff to monitor services and provide 24-hour training, support and treatment consultation

...this is so far from the truth at the north facilties.. what a joke there is not one resident in the north that is employed and they do not go out in the community as full and active members.. this is crazy .. the north facilities say what they are and face up to it . wake up Darren, bob who ever it is calling shots in those big houses and spend a day on the floor at your north facilities or better yet take them out as active and productive citizens for the day..... the facilities in the north need some attention and some sort of structure . I see higher functioning residents just losing what they do learn from being grouped with the lower functioning.. this place should be on the news. better yet video could be sent... ADVOSERV NORTH IS AN INSTITUTION ... NOT GROUP HOMES
and I worked in both type of places and advo north is no different then an institution that I have worked in .one difference is an institution they get their own rooms . not grown adults sharing rooms,,
Baby Giraffe

Franklin Park, NJ

#509 Apr 5, 2014
Topdown1.... Are you not reading what everyones saying? Do you think we are kidding? You stick your kid in an Advoserv group home and chances are he will experience neglect and depending on a few things maybe abuse. I dont understand you parents, you all live in a state of denial. Do what you wish but if there is a hell your going to it for not heeding our warnings. PS, because advoserv is desperate for CLS's, they are lowering their standards and accepting people with criminal history. Believe me or not, but you can't say we didnt warn you.
topdown1

Absecon, NJ

#510 Apr 8, 2014
Baby Giraffe wrote:
Topdown1.... Are you not reading what everyones saying? Do you think we are kidding? You stick your kid in an Advoserv group home and chances are he will experience neglect and depending on a few things maybe abuse. I dont understand you parents, you all live in a state of denial. Do what you wish but if there is a hell your going to it for not heeding our warnings. PS, because advoserv is desperate for CLS's, they are lowering their standards and accepting people with criminal history. Believe me or not, but you can't say we didnt warn you.
I have read every post on this forum and I still haven't seen anything about any of the group homes in Swedesboro. So I repeat my question. Does anyone have any information about any of the group homes in Swedesboro? My son has an emergency status with DDD, and as such I'm pretty well forced to accept the 1st place that is willing to accept him, or risk him loosing that emergency status. If that happens he goes on a waiting list with 10,000 other people and will have to wait about 5 years for placement. I do not have the ability to care for him and feel as if I'm being painted into a corner. I have talked to a lawyer and have been told that everything I have read on this forum is hear say and not a sufficient reason for refusing my sons placement. I'm doing everything I can think of to do to see that my son ends up in a place where he will be well treated. He is severely autistic and has severe cognitive delays. He doesn't have the ability to speak more than one word sentences. He won't have the ability to tell me if he is being abused. If anyone has any proof about any abuse that is happening in Swedesboro, please help me by coming forward. Thank you in advance for your help.
For god sakes

Port Jervis, NY

#511 Apr 9, 2014
If it has the name advoserve do not do it they only care about the big shits pockets not the care of your love one I don't understand why you would ever put your love one in a group home ran by these people
Abuse

Philadelphia, PA

#512 Apr 10, 2014
Someone needs to step in and end this abuse!!!.. These adults and children are being physically and mentally abused. A friend of mine works at advoserv in bear de and she tells me about everything she witnesses and she's been documenting everything. She is going to call the state and review her documentation because she cannot handle seeing these residents suffer any longer. She has went to administration on two occasions and they do nothing but sweep it under the rug. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!!!
Nimby

Chicago, IL

#513 Apr 10, 2014
topdown1, I do not work for advoserv. I am a neighbor to 2 of these group homes in Salem County. Please read my previous posts. There may be staff there 24 hours a day and then again, there may not. Staff come and go at ALL hours of the day and night. Often, staff are walking around outside the houses (these are not homes) smoking, talking on there cell phones or just plain BSing in the parking lots with the multiple cars that come and go at all hours. It is not uncommon to hear clients scream and cry just before the windows are closed. We have witnessed clients go running down Kings Higwy being chased by staff. Although I am sure there are good people who work for this complany and people who really do care or want to make a difference, I still believe you get what you pay for. If you read the posts and look at advoserve's page as a perspective employee, look at their base rate for those who will spend most of the time with your son is barely a living wage. I watch as family members come to see visit but are not allowed into the house. In essance, do you want your son placed where the care givers do not earn a living wage? Reread the posts from the staff who work there. Much of what they say has been witnessed.
topdown1

Absecon, NJ

#514 Apr 11, 2014
Nimby wrote:
topdown1, I do not work for advoserv. I am a neighbor to 2 of these group homes in Salem County. Please read my previous posts. There may be staff there 24 hours a day and then again, there may not. Staff come and go at ALL hours of the day and night. Often, staff are walking around outside the houses (these are not homes) smoking, talking on there cell phones or just plain BSing in the parking lots with the multiple cars that come and go at all hours. It is not uncommon to hear clients scream and cry just before the windows are closed. We have witnessed clients go running down Kings Higwy being chased by staff. Although I am sure there are good people who work for this complany and people who really do care or want to make a difference, I still believe you get what you pay for. If you read the posts and look at advoserve's page as a perspective employee, look at their base rate for those who will spend most of the time with your son is barely a living wage. I watch as family members come to see visit but are not allowed into the house. In essance, do you want your son placed where the care givers do not earn a living wage? Reread the posts from the staff who work there. Much of what they say has been witnessed.
Thank you for this information, but I don't think that this will be enough for me to refuse my son's placement there. I guess what I'm asking for is if anyone has any documentation of recent abuse of clients at advoserve and especially at the group homes in Swedesboro it would be extremely appreciated by me if they would step forward. This documentation is what I would need, as I understand it, in order for me to refuse my son's placement there without him being removed from emergency status. So please, if you are reading this and you have this documentation available to you, let me know and help my son to be able to avoid this placement. I'm quite worried for my son and have been having a lot of trouble sleeping at night over this issue. We are running out of time. I really don't know what to do as I love my son dearly but cannot have him living with me for the next 5 years.
Tweety22

Tampa, FL

#516 Apr 22, 2014
All of you from every one of these states, need to report the abuse that you are witnessing. If you don't, just to protect your jobs, you can be in trouble too and prosecuted for letting the abuse and neglect go on. And Florida employees, where are you? You need to come forward with what you know.
blanket wrote:
someone is about to expose this place. pics and letter's are going out of the living conditions and day program. The advo joke of a place is going to be over
Nimby

Chicago, IL

#517 Apr 25, 2014
Topdown1, You and your son will be in our prayers. The only thing I've read about the Swedesboro sites are of one home invasion and money being stolen that was in the South Jersey Times and condolences paid to the family memebers of one of there employees who died. You may want to try searches that include, Advoserv arrests, advoserv police, Advoserv abuse, Advoserv Assult, etc and see what has already been published about this company. I hope, for both of your sakes, that another option will be afforded you. All I can do is keep watching and keep the security cameras I have on my property, recording for OUR family's protection. God speed.
Nimby

Chicago, IL

#518 Apr 25, 2014
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#519 Apr 28, 2014
topdown1 wrote:
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Thank you for this information, but I don't think that this will be enough for me to refuse my son's placement there. I guess what I'm asking for is if anyone has any documentation of recent abuse of clients at advoserve and especially at the group homes in Swedesboro it would be extremely appreciated by me if they would step forward. This documentation is what I would need, as I understand it, in order for me to refuse my son's placement there without him being removed from emergency status. So please, if you are reading this and you have this documentation available to you, let me know and help my son to be able to avoid this placement. I'm quite worried for my son and have been having a lot of trouble sleeping at night over this issue. We are running out of time. I really don't know what to do as I love my son dearly but cannot have him living with me for the next 5 years.
if Darren blough runs it then you can bet it is corrupt and abuse is ignored, I only have info on the Hewitt location and I reported it to the state and they gave Darren my full name and it was announced at a staff meeting that very day, hmm how does that happen? can you say pay off? read my past posts, I started this thread to open people eyes, show this to the people who want you to place your son there tell them to read this blog, I called 9 on your side and all those other shame on you news sites..no one cared
Rhonda

Chester, MD

#521 May 1, 2014
[OMG - My son lives at the AdvoServ group home in Bear!! I just heard this morning about the 2 employees fired for abuse!I went online to read and I found this Topix Site....so glad I did! It has always been unsettling for me that we are not allowed in his group home if the kids are there. I think in March they removed all the cameras in the house which is unsettling!!! My son is non verbal and has a lot of SIB which makes it even more difficult for us to tell what it going on inside the home.

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