But the problems worsened. In 2010, Miami-Dade police responded to Munne 35 times on emergency calls, including three assaults, eight disturbances, a larceny, and eight people suffering psychiatric breakdowns.
In addition, regulators found the home had placed another resident with severe mental illness in the Alzheimers ward, leading to an assault on an elderly resident.
During another visit, a state ombudsman noted a major concern: Alejandro Perez, the homes owner who was banned from the daily operations in a 2008 order by AHCA, was seen walking the halls and interacting with residents.
Mr. Perez should abide by the conditions set forth in the final order, the report stated.
Then this year, problems emerged when inspectors turned up 35 more violations, including a lack of trained staffing, filthy and decrepit rooms, broken furniture and residents roaming aimlessly from the facility, including one who wandered six times in six months.
No one deserved to live like the people in Munne were living, said a veteran Miami-Dade ombudsman, who was helping residents this week to find new homes.
In an interview on Monday, Dudek, now AHCA secretary, said she needed to review inspection records to say why Munne wasnt closed years ago, but she added, we are looking at having that facility closed.
Munnes administrator declined to comment about the closing Thursday. Perez could not be reached for comment.
Miami-Dade Mental Health Court Judge Steven Leifman said the shuttering of Munne underscores deeper breakdowns in Floridas ALF system.
The state doesnt respond quickly enough to close bad homes, leaving people in danger, he said. The state has an obligation both legal and moral to protect that population, said Leifman, whose court places defendants in ALFs.
But he also said the Legislature is not providing enough dollars to owners to keep up with costs of housing and caring for people on Medicaid, resulting in problems like low staffing, poor services and even cuts in food and medication.
They end up short-changing the clients, he said. Thats when you see people at risk.