The California Department of Social Services has revoked EMQ FamiliesFirst's license to operate its Davis group home, the agency announced this afternoon in a statement.
"The department is revoking the license," DSS spokesman Michael Weston said. "We served them papers."
The FamiliesFirst group home in Davis was the subject of intense scrutiny after multiple sexual assault allegations surfaced last week at the facility. Two teenage boys, ages 13 and 14, were arrested by Davis police last Wednesday on suspicion of raping an 11-year-old girl. All three minors lived at the home in the 2100 block of Fifth Street. Police are now investigating approximately half a dozen cases of sexual assault stemming from the facility, according to Assistant Chief Darren Pytel.
Police have responded to more than 500 calls for service from the facility this year and have documented more than 100 cases of runaways from the home.
The DSS complaint alleges violation of personal rights, lack of supervision, inadequate staffing as reasons for revoking the license.
In addition to revoking the license for EMQ FamiliesFirst, the Department of Social Services also opted to exclude both FamiliesFirst's clinical director and executive director from future employment with any facility licensed by the agency.
EMQ FamiliesFirst has 15 days to respond to the revocation, before the facility is shut down, according to Weston.
"They're open right now because they have an appeal right," he said.
In a strongly worded statement, Campbell-based EMQ FamiliesFirst said it would "fully respond" to the revocation, noting that it had a "long-standing reputation for programs recognized as some of the finest in California."
"We will defend the agency and its programs which serve some of the most challenging children," the statement said.
The nonprofit operates similar facilities in 33 counties across California.
Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza said he was "pleased that the state has taken the matter seriously."
"Given what's happened, if there's talk of another facility, we would certainly approach it with a fresh set of perspectives," Krovoza said.
The California Office of Administrative Hearings would hear the appeals if they are filed.