Foundations For Living

Juveniles created a disturbance at Foundations For Living, a residential treatment center for youth, on Sunday night, which resulted in one arrest and three summons issued. On Monday, five runaway juveniles were found and returned to the facility.  

The Mansfield Police Department, with assistance from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, responded to a call concerning a “riot” at Foundations For Living on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 6:48 p.m.. The facility is located at 1451 St. Rt. 39.

According to the police report, Mansfield Police officers were dispatched to the facility in response to a riot and an assault of staff members. The incident took place on the third floor of the facility, where juvenile residents were causing a disturbance.  

The juveniles approached one of the male staff members and physically assaulted him and then took the keys to the facility, the report stated. Two other staff members who attempted to assist in handling the situation were also assaulted, said the report.

Sgt. Chad Brubaker stated that some of the staff members locked themselves in a stairwell for safety purposes.

A sixteen-year-old girl involved in the assault was arrested and transported to Juvenile Detention. Three other juveniles were issued summons and released to the custody of the facility staff, the report said.

One of the juveniles was transported to MedCentral by the Mansfield Fire Department after allegedly hitting a wall and harming herself according to Sgt. Brubaker.

The report noted that none of the staff members required medical treatment.

Sgt. Brubaker stated, “We were able to initiate arrests and manage the situation quickly upon arrival.”

According to the report, two other juveniles ran away from the facility prior to the officers’ arrival, and they were entered into LEADS system as runaways.

Then, on Monday morning at 10:17 a.m., Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Winbigler was dispatched to 880 Laver Road and the area of the Heatherwood Plaza in reference to several juveniles hanging around the area since Sunday night, said the sheriff’s report.

As the area was being searched, another call came in stating that five juveniles were hiding in the laundry room at the Mansfield Inn, the report stated.

Deputy Winbigler stated in the report, “Upon pulling into the parking lot I saw the juveniles run into the back parking lot of the motel. I went to the rear of the motel and found all five running across the parking lot and into a wooded area.”

The report further stated that the juveniles were taken into custody. Although none of them admitted to being runaways from the facility, it was later confirmed that they were the juveniles missing from the incident that occurred Sunday night, said the report.

The juveniles were transported back to Foundations For Living and released into staff custody, the report concluded.  

According to their website, Foundations For Living is a mid-to-long-term residential treatment center for youth 11 to 17 years of age, with a minimum IQ of 55. The 84-bed center is accredited by CARF and licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. 

The facility has a significant history of police calls. From Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 12, 2014, the Mansfield Police Department recorded a total of 108 calls for service: 33 for assault; 15 for structure fires, which were largely false alarms or alarm issues; attempted suicides; medical assists; sex crimes, and theft.

Staff at Foundations of Living refused to comment and demanded that the media vacate the premises.

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