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Pueblo treatment center stripped of license after complaints

Posted at 3:55 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 17:55:26-04

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Department of Human Services has stripped a Pueblo mental health and substance abuse treatment center of its license after investigating a series of reported complaints.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports the department relocated the children living in El Pueblo - An Adolescent Treatment Facility and closed the center in September while it investigated complaints of abuse, lack of supervision and underfeeding the children.

According to the original suspension summary, the center had repeated violations for use of physical restraints, inappropriate discipline, violation of children's rights and lack of supervison.

The state reached a settlement with the center Oct. 31 in which the El Pueblo denied the allegations, but did not challenge the state's decision.

The department says El Pueblo will not be allowed to operate in Colorado again.