Operator of group homes ‘unfit for human habitation’ in St. Pete has history of state violations

Investigations

Two homes housing mentally disabled residents shut down because they were unfit for human habitation on Thursday are linked to a mental health organization that ran five state licensed residential treatment facilities until recently.

The Agency for Health Care Administration records show all five homes operated by Tampa Bay Behavioral Health Centers are “closed” following the surrender of that organization’s license in November 2017.

State records show those facilities racked up dozens of deficiencies related to the care and treatment of mentally disabled residents in recent years.

Yesterday, one resident told 8 On Your Side he was used to drinking sour milk and said it was tolerable as long as he avoided the “chunks.”

A state license related to one of the two homes in question, along with licenses for four other locations in St. Petersburg, were held by Marcus Anderson.

Anderson’s father, Curtis Anderson, also owns two properties where Anderson tried to move residents Thursday after police discovered no running water, no doors and other inhumane conditions at 3418 and 3434 2nd Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

Curtis Anderson works with Boley Centers, Inc, a nonprofit organization that helps people with mental disabilities, the homeless, veterans and youth.

It’s not clear whether the resident houses in Marcus Anderson’s homes are also clients of Boley.

St. Petersburg police stumbled into the “deplorable” home conditions on 2nd Ave. S. during a robbery investigation and immediately notified city code enforcement as well as the Department of Children and Families.

Investigations by the city and state are ongoing Friday. All nine residents of the two homes investigated yesterday have been relocated.

8 On Your Side is investigating how the two homes remained in operation months after the state officially declared them as “closed.”

We are also trying to contact the Andersons about the wretched living conditions on their residential properties discovered by police and state authorities.

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