Substance Abuse Treatment Center Ordered To Hire Overseer

A New Haven substance abuse treatment center that was fined $2,500 by the state last year has agreed to hire a temporary manager to oversee its operations as more violations have been found at the facility. Crossroads Inc., at 54 East Ramsdell St., must hire the temporary manager to act as executive director for six months to correct a number of violations that the state Department of Public Health (DPH) found during three days of inspections in May. The manager will review all staffing levels, have full access to bank accounts, review the center’s behavioral health services, and report to the state regularly on improvements, under a consent order signed Aug. 21 by Genoveva Palmieri, chairperson of Crossroads’ board of directors. In 2014, the center was fined and placed on probation for two years for multiple violations of state regulations.

New Haven Drug Treatment Facility Placed On Probation, Fined

A New Haven substance abuse treatment center has been censured and fined $2,500 for multiple violations, including allowing clients to take a 2013 limousine ride to City Hall to vote with alcohol in the vehicle. Crossroads Inc. was also placed on probation for two years and will be required to hire an independent contractor to provide six months of updates on whether the facility is making improvements and is in compliance with state regulations. Board chairperson Genoveva Palmieri agreed to the penalties in a June 27 consent order with the state Department of Public Health. During inspections in June, September and November 2013, the center was found to have multiple violations of state regulations, including failing to provide a safe and clean environment, failing to properly supervise residents and failing to safely control medication, smoking and sharp objects, DPH records show. Palmieri and Clifford Skolnick, who became executive director on June 23, said Monday that many changes are being made to comply with the state regulations.