Choate Health Facility Will Not Lose Certification

A mental health facility in Union County is keeping its state certification after an inspection this week.

The Choate Mental Health and Development Center in Anna came under fire earlier this summer. That's when investigators said employees didn't do enough to keep two developmentally disabled women from eating items such as snaps, batteries, coins, necklaces and pen clips. Both women suffer from pica (PY'-kah), a disorder where they eat inedible objects.

But this week's inspection of the 168-resident facility shows problems have been fixed.

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