DeKalb County

DeKalb County disabled man forced to move from state contracted facility because of low staffing

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The family of 60-year-old Errick Gore told Channel 2′s Ashli Lincoln that their brother was forced to move out of a state-contracted assisted living facility last week because of staffing shortages.

Gore, who lives with an intellectual disability, qualifies for services under the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

His sisters say they were given only two weeks’ notice that the facility would be closing.

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“A voluntary or involuntary closing require 30 days’ notice, so no, not enough notice given to the family,” said Shan Patillo.

A report released this summer by the Department of Justice’s independent reviewer found the state is struggling to keep up with staffing of services provided for people with disabilities.

Right now Gore is sitting in a metro area hospital, which is protocol while he awaits for the state to place him in another facility.

However, Gore’s family said they were notified this week that it will be their responsibility to relocate Gore.


“These homes and providers are specially trained to handle these individuals and support them and have a better quality of life,” said Franshay Jordan.

We sent the state an email with a request for comment, but it has not responded.

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