Family fights to keep disabled daughter from being evicted from group home
UPDATE: Lisbeth Miller's family says they have raised $10,000 to build Lisbeth and her housemate Jannell a permanent new home in Woolwich, and have found an agency to staff the home.
Since our report aired, her family has raised another $900 dollars and the story continues to be shared.
If you'd like to donate, click here for their GoFundMe campaign.
TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The family of a woman with intellectual disabilities is fighting to keep her from being evicted from her group home, a place she has called home for 15 years.
Lisbeth Miller also suffers from severe seizures and needs round-the-clock medical care to keep her safe.
Her parents – who are also her legal guardians – say Independence Association, the agency that runs the group home, notified them that they can no longer adequately and safely care for Lisbeth and need to move out Dec. 31. The couple said this comes at a time when there are no homes with crisis beds in Maine.
The couple believes their daughter is being discharged because they have complained about how she has been treated. They claim the agency has made changes to her medication without their consent. They also claim the staff did not follow her plan of care.
"For them to interfere and take away her medications and not tell us and put her at risk for dying at least for suffering," Miller said.
Independence Association Executive Director Ray Nagel declined our request for an interview but did send us a statement:
"Independence Association is unable to adequately and safely care for Ms. Miller and is attempting to work with the family as best as it can to find an alternative residential setting that can more adequately safely serve her needs."
The couple plans to file a grievance against Independence Association with the hope of delaying the eviction. In the meantime, the are continuing to search for a new home for their daughter.
If you have a question concerning rights for people with disabilities you can contact Disabilities Rights Maine at www.drme.org.