Hanbleceya operating legally, DSHS investigation closed

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by Jack Mayne

Hanbleceya’s Normandy Park treatment center is operating in compliance with Washington state law and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services investigation has been closed, as we reported from a news release published here on March 29.

Kerry Paulson, managing partner of Hanbleceya, said in a news release Tuesday (April 23) the DSHS investigation was both thorough and fair:

“DSHS was in a difficult position.” Paulson said. “Having to respond to outspoken community members yet at the same time keep in mind that the overwhelming demand from families looking for treatment solutions had to be balanced for the sake of our community at large.

“They (DSHS) asked important questions, thoroughly reviewed documents and interviewed numerous people. We were impressed with their levels of professionalism and review and are pleased with their determination that Hanbleceya is not operating – nor has it ever operated – in violation of state law.

“In conclusion we thank the residents of Normandy Park for their widespread support as we come together as a community in serving those on the path to recovery in the Pacific Northwest.”

In the letter to Hanbleceya we posted on March 29, Lori Melchiori, assistant director for residential care services, said DSHS based its decision to end the case after a “review of documentation related to your operation” had “verified your assertion that the four homes are not operating as unlicensed adult family homes.” And that a fifth home “is currently being prepared to operate as a state-licensed Adult Family Home.”

Read our extensive previous coverage of this issue here.

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5 Responses to “Hanbleceya operating legally, DSHS investigation closed”
  1. adr says:

    …this is the kind of thing that these homes should not be reimbursed for any kind of “housing” and monetary benefits that the neighborhood has to bear. Put these people in facilities, to their FAMILIES, not to a community.

  2. kathleen Waters says:

    If, as Paulson is quoted, these homes were never operating illegally, how does he explaine the letter he got from DSHS in late September citing their illegal status AND why does the B-Town headline state the DSHS investigation is over. WHAT’s not in the article is just what Hanbleceya in its incredible ability to morph its biz model thru innumerable variations is doing now? Just exactly who are the people that will reside in the four homes that are suddenly deemed “legal”? Why hasn’t a license for the Adult Family Home for their new company been granted yet? WHO will live in that home if licensed, as compared to the other four homes? Folks, from what I’ve learned over the past few months – our state DSHS is in serious need of overhaul. Can we care hope the new head of DSHS will have the hindsight and foresight to make major changes. This agency as currently configured doesn’t appear to have the mandate or the methods to make sure mentally ill people get quality and safe treatment.

  3. Cassie says:

    What else is also lacking if Jack Mayne had done his research was that HANBLECEYA IS OPERATING WITHOUT A BUSINESS LICENSE, OR A ADULT FAMILY HOME LICENSE.


    Hanbleceya’s business license has expired, and they are continuing to operate illegally with out a current one.

    Secondly. The reason the DSHS investigation ended is Paulson presented the homes occupants as ‘Just Renters” Well in that case Hanbleceya is violating the Normandy Park Muni codes.

    Here’s the corker. The First Arguement from May 9th 2012, were that Hanbleceya was violating the muni codes. Paulson then hid behind the occupants as being disabled and hiding behind HIPPA and the Disabilities Act. Now he wants it back to they are “JUST RENTERS”

    Paulson has brought his excuses and lies full circle.

    Paulson classifies his renters/occupants/ patients anyway and in any manner that gets around the law. Perhaps next he’ll classify them as migrant workers for a tax break. Anything goes with Kerry Paulson, as long as I quote “He isn’t wiping their butts”: Yes Folks that is the level of respect he has for those under his care. He demeans them in how he refers to them. He couldn’t care less or respect for the law, or those he is supposed to be caring for.

    Oh and Thirdly, I watch his staffers providing care for his patients/renters/occupants everyday across the street from my home. The same actions that were found to be the basis of Hanbleceya operating illegally on Sept 29th are still happening today, with photos, and video to show it.

    Course we are dealing with DSHS the same agency that released the Powell children to Josh Powell.

  4. Melanie Landers says:

    You people got your wish – DSHS investigated the program. Now when the report comes out and it doesn’t read as you would have hoped, you keep on complaining. I think all of us in the community are pretty clear you’ll never be satisfied. Maybe you can start complaining about the airport again!

  5. school psychologist says:

    Oops. Looks like Seattle Times reporter Christine Willmsen jumped the gun yet again and appears, sadly, irresponsible. Publish sensational allegations first. Research later (maybe). Corrections? Never.

    DSHS apparently has done a thorough job of their investigation, as was requested of them.

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