Nichols Avenue Group Home Achieves Rare Cite-Free Survey

The staff at Blue River Services, Inc. Nichols Avenue Group Home in Salem have a lot to celebrate this year. The team accomplished a nearly impossible feat -- receiving a citation-free state survey.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there are hundreds of regulations a supervised group home must comply with, from documentation, medication administration, custodial care, and health and safety, to individual rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, environmental requirements, and resource availability.

“We have a long history of great surveys at this facility, but it is extremely rare to receive a citation free survey,” said Tim Beitzel, Director of Supervised Group Living. “This shows the exceptional quality of care that Blue River Services provides to their consumers.”

The Indiana State Department of Health, which is responsible for licensing Indiana health care facilities, also serves as the state survey agency for Medicare/Medicaid certification programs, such as group homes. A state surveyor conducts an onsite assessment annually to observe staff and consumers. Interviews with consumers also are held to discuss their level of participation in and choice of services, as well as outcomes.

“The annual recertification process is important,” said Beitzel, “because it holds us to the highest quality standards to provide supports to the individuals we serve.”

Nichols Group Home, operated by Blue River Services, Inc. under the Supervised Group Living program, has been serving adults with developmental disabilities since 1987.

Pictured Above: Nichols Group Home staff members are, from left, Tyra Gant, Stephanie Scifres, Holly Troncin, Carolyn “Susie” Robinson, Elizabeth Navarro-Johnson, and William “B.J.” Spencer, and seated, Deana Williams, left, and Robin Swartz.

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