Anchorage settles with Uspiritus over children's home

Anchorage settles with Uspiritus over children's home

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – After two years in court, the city of Anchorage and Uspiritus have settled an argument over whether certain juveniles can come to the organization's children's home.

In November of 2014, the city filed a suit after what it said were multiple issues with children at the home and police in the area.

The city claimed Uspiritus allowing "Level V" children, meaning the highest level of supervision required under state guidelines, was a violation of a 2005 agreement between the city and the home for abused and neglected children.

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The new agreement includes multiple restrictions on the people allowed including that 19-year-olds must be approved by the mayor and no 20-year-olds are accepted under any circumstance. It adds that no more than 20 percent of the children can be 18 years old. There are other restrictions including that none of the admissions can be a risk to themselves or be going through withdrawal.

The court originally ruled that the admission of Level V students didn't violate the 2005 agreement. The city had filed a motion for reconsideration when the two sides reached an agreement, which was signed on Aug. 25.

"We're happy it's been resolved," Anchorage city attorney John McGarvey said. "There are now bright-line standards and clear guidelines."

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