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Report: Court-ordered treatment in 3 counties involve problem facilities

OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - Those getting court-ordered treatment in three Wisconsin counties are being sent to assisted living facilities with operational problems.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette says Oconto, Kewaunee, and Shawano counties continue to send poor and sick people to four facilities which got numerous state citations for resident abuse since 2000.

The newspaper said staffers at those living facilities have drugged and restrained residents, and did not separate people with violent records. Complaints of abuse were substantiated in 2006 and '13.

State officials said they notified the counties each time they took enforcement actions against the living facilities -- but the three counties did not stop using those places.

Shawano and Oconto counties recently renewed contracts to keep using the centers this year. A Kewaunee County official said he's "exceedingly reluctant" to keep working with one center.

Shawano County attorney Tony Kurdus said the county quickly removed two people from one living facility after learning about abuse. He said it helped prevent the abuse from continuing.

An Oconto County offical would not comment.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)