The long-term care facility in Arizona where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth will not close, despite a decision by Hacienda HealthCare’s board of directors, which was announced Thursday.
Instead, the board agreed late Friday to accept voluntary regulation by the Arizona Department of Health Services, according to a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey.
“Our agencies will continue to work with Hacienda to implement a voluntary regulatory agreement with strong oversight and accountability measures that ensure safety and quality care going forward for patients,” said spokesman Patrick Ptak in an email to local media.
The agreement comes after Ducey stepped up an effort to keep the facility open.
He said, “We’ve put a 24-hour monitor inside Hacienda to make sure the patients are cared for and they are comfortable and now we’re working on the long-time solution for these people so their lives aren’t disrupted,” according to NPR member station KJZZ.
Hacienda officials had said they couldn’t continue running the facility, which serves children and young adults with intellectual disabilities. Ducey and other state officials criticized the decision to close, arguing it wasn’t in the best interest of the 37 remaining patients. Earlier this week, the governor had asked the state attorney general to pursue charges against Hacienda for violating state laws regarding the proper care of “vulnerable adults.”