State seeks to stop Morristown group home owner deemed ‘perpetrator of neglect’

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Department of Human Services has filed a temporary restraining order against the owner and manager of a Morristown group home.

The order filed Wednesday against Whitley Jade Gilbert seeks to stop Gilbert from caring for any vulnerable adult in the state of Tennessee.

Gilbert was also placed on the Tennessee Abuse Registry last year after TDHS deemed her “a perpetrator of neglect following the death of a resident in her care.”

Earlier this year, the state fire marshal ordered the immediate closure of the group home managed by Gilbert after receiving a complaint that the the former single-family residence being unlawfully used as an unlicensed group home.

The fire marshal’s office said Gilbert “was given two opportunities to provide a Plan of Corrective Action (POCA) to address the violations. Instead, she failed to provide a plan to bring the facility into compliance with life-safety codes for the safety of the facility’s residents.”

Tennessee State Law prevents the Tennessee Department of Human Services from disclosing any information about current or past Adult Protection Services cases.

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