Arizona, Southwest Key Programs Set October Settlement Meeting

Published: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 2:20pm
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A Southwest Key facility in Phoenix.

An operator of shelters for immigrant kids has fixed one of the problems that caused Arizona to launch a legal effort to revoke the operator’s 13 state licenses.

Southwest Key’s failure to meet a deadline to prove all workers had current fingerprint clearance cards — which show they’ve passed a background check — was one reason why Arizona began a legal process to take away Southwest Key’s licenses.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday that Southwest Key has turned in reports that show the background checks have been completed.

But the agency did not say if Southwest Key has proved that all employees have finished minimum training. The issue should come up when Southwest Key and state officials meet for an informal settlement conference on Oct. 9.

The sides are also scheduled to take part in an administrative law hearing on Nov. 5.

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