Keys of Carolina was closed as state officials attempted to revoke its license, following a settlement in a lawsuit that alleged retaliation for regulatory reports.

This residential treatment facility in Charlotte, NC was closed voluntarily by UHS in February 2013, but it was reported that,

Eyewitness News uncovered it was facing a list of violations from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services and a $6,000 administrative fine, according to state officials, for violations of laws regarding the “protection from harm, abuse, neglect or exploitation” of patients.

“State officials said conditions in the facility were ‘found to be detrimental to the health and safety of the clients’ and was in the process of revoking the facility’s license. The Keys had begun appealing the action when it notified the state it was closing.”

The facility had been cited for serious deficiencies in an August 2012 inspection.

Additionally, the facility settled a lawsuit in March 2012, in which former employee Teresa Weeks alleged that she was improperly fired for reporting patient care issues to regulatory agencies.

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