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Darrell Evora, chief executive of EMQ

Davis group home lays off 42 employees

Published: Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 - 11:34 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 - 7:18 am

A troubled group home in Davis has laid off another 42 employees, the only ones remaining, after the last of its young clients left the facility.

EMQ FamiliesFirst said it will “suspend operations” at its residential treatment program and non-public school as it grapples with the loss of its operating license.

The state Department of Social Services said the last child left the facility Sept. 3. The agency pulled the facility’s license June 13 and Yolo County revoked its mental health certification three weeks later. EMQ is appealing the state’s decision.

EMQ spokeswoman Kristine Austin said the organization hopes to reopen the group home, but “we obviously have to work through the licensing issues first.”

She said EMQ continues to operate two programs in Davis – a “crisis nursery” offering preventive services for children up to age 5, and a “community-based” program that delivers social services and therapy to children still living at home. Those programs employ a total of about 45 workers, she said.

The state pulled the Davis group home license after allegations surfaced regarding sexual assaults, children going unsupervised and dozens of runaways.

Earlier this summer, 77 workers were already laid off as the number of residents began dwindling.

At one time, the group home served more than 60 young people. But after the troubles were reported, officials from various counties began removing children from the facility.

Darrell Evora, chief executive of EMQ, called the latest round of layoffs a “painful” decision for the employees and their families. “We reached this decision as a result of there being no children currently in the program and even though we have received new referrals, there are no indications that the agency will have a sufficient number of referrals in the immediate future,” he said in a prepared statement.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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