LARA Summarily Suspends Grand Traverse County Child Care Group Home License

LARA Summarily Suspends Grand Traverse County Child Care Group Home License

WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 29, 2016 — (RealEstateRama) — The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Community and Health Systems (BCHS), issued an order of summary suspension and notice of intent to revoke the license of a Grand Traverse County group child care home provider, Roberta Benedict, #DG280275539, 1593 Pine Tree Road, Grawn, Michigan 49637. This action resulted from a recent complaint investigation of the group child care home.

The August 23, 2016, complaint investigation found violations of the Child Care Organizations Act and administrative rules regarding condition of the home, cooperation with the Bureau during an inspection, refusal to permit the investigator to enter the home, and caregiver suitability. BCHS took emergency action to protect the health, welfare, and safety of children.

Effective 6:00 p.m., August 25, 2016, the summary suspension order prohibits Roberta Benedict from operating a group child care home at 1593 Pine Tree Road, Grawn, Michigan 49637, or at any other address or location. Accordingly, she may not accept children for care after that date and time. The order also requires Ms. Benedict to inform all of the parents of children in her care that her license has been suspended and that she can no longer provide child care.

Ms. Benedict has held a license to operate a group child care home since March May 31, 2005. The license was for 12 children.

Michigan law defines a group child care home as “a private home in which more than six but not more than 12 minor children are given care and supervision for periods of less than 24 hours a day, unattended by a parent or legal guardian, except children related to an adult member of the family by blood, marriage, or adoption. Group child care home includes a home that gives care to an unrelated minor child for more than four weeks during a calendar year.”

A licensee has the right to appeal the suspension and revocation. The case will be forwarded to the Michigan Administrative Hearing System (MAHS) for a hearing date.

For more information, go to the Verify a License portal at www.michigan.gov/LARA
(Under the How Do I tab click on Verify a License)

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