DeKalb County police on Thursday shut down four group homes for the elderly or disabled and arrested two caregivers in the first major effort to shut down unlicensed personal care homes since a new state law took effect in July.
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Since May, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has gone behind the headlines to report on systemic weaknesses that imperil vulnerable adults who rely on personal care homes. Reporters found a growing number of unlicensed homes were operating outside the law. At the same time there were too few state-paid staffers available to inspect licensed facilities. As part of this ongoing investigation, The AJC has analyzed thousands of inspection reports and interviewed state and local officials, social service providers, advocates for vulnerable adults, residents and their families. For more about this series, choose from the related links on this page.