‘The whole system is failing’

PHOENIX — A former worker of a bunch dwelling is involved the youth foster system put in place to assist teenagers and youthful adults is ‘failing’ after a person was shot Thursday morning.

A “young adult” is in extraordinarily essential situation after an incident at a teenage group dwelling close to nineteenth Avenue and Hatcher Road early Thursday morning.

A 17-year-old has since been arrested and faces fees of aggravated assault and associated weapons fees.

Kent Miller tells ABC15 that he left his job on the North Star Independent Living Services a number of weeks once more, and has filed issues prior to now to authorities as he is a mandated reporter.

“The whole system is failing and someone has to see that,” he stated. “Something has to be done.”

The former worker shared a letter he gave to administration earlier this year concerning the youth and lack of accountability and accountability.

The letter dated the tip of March questioned why nothing extra is executed concerning the medicine, alcohol, disrespect, and these teenagers not doing primary chores like taking out their trash, dishes, or different life-long expertise to study earlier than maturity. The facility is licensed by the Department of Children Safety for 46 beds, and the supplier North Star Independent Living Services has workers on website.

“I do believe there is a lack of support from DCS, and that we are not holding residents accountable for their actions, and because we are not, other residents are jumping on the bandwagon because they know what they can get away with,” it learn partially, “holding residents accountable for their actions should reinforce that we do care about them, and in the real world this behavior is not tolerated.”

Miller stated he acquired a name from a present worker about Thursday’s capturing simply after 2 a.m., however Miller advised police he not works there.

“Staff does rounds every hour, but now it’s getting to the point where you walk in, and there’s a puff of marijuana smoke,” stated Miller, “and so they’re all on restrictions, but then they don’t hold the restriction, so they do it again and again and again.”

Miller shared how the kids would participate in medicine, alcohol, preventing, stealing, and leaving completely different hours within the day and evening with little repercussions, “all the issues I talked about are the bigger issues, smoking pot, beating someone up, stealing,” he added.

DCS stated in a press release:

 “We are saddened by the shooting of a young adult this morning at a group home facility.

We are partnering with law enforcement on the investigation.

The safety of the youth and children in our care is our top priority.

Immediately after we were notified this morning, we began providing additional services to ensure the other youth at the facility were safe.  Crisis support is available to the youth and staff at the facility.

This apartment-style independent living facility is DCS-licensed for 46 beds and is operated by North Star Independent Living Services, which has been licensed since 2015. Youth age 16-20 years old reside at the facility. North Star operates seven group homes.

As with any facility that provides care for older at-risk youth, police involvement can occur.  DCS has partnered with the provider and the Phoenix Police Department in the past to proactively and positively mitigate risks at this facility.”

Miller stated there have been different shootings, overdoses, and different police calls prior to now.

“When the staff’s voices aren’t being heard and the kids are allowed to run the place, and this is going on, this is complete nonsense,” stated Miller.

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