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Debra Cheshier, director of long-term care for the Department of Health and Senior Services, said she was not surprised by the number of homes with at least one violation in the recent reports.The state checks 13 categories of fire safety standards.
"It's very difficult for every facility to comply completely with every regulation," Cheshier
said."It's not unusual at all to do a full inspection and find some deficiencies."
The most serious offenses , such as nonworking alarm systems , are relatively unusual, Cheshier
said.As for sprinklers, she
knew of no home cited recently for nonworking sprinkler systems.
said the department had let some facilities with good inspection records go an extra year or so without another inspection, partly because the agency was short-staffed.But staff has recently been added, she
said, and she
is determined to make inspections as often as possible.
"There comes a point where you have to make inroads into getting the work done that we need to get done, even though we are short-staffed," Cheshier
DEBRA CHESIER was named new section administrator for the Department of Health and Senior Services' Section for Long-Term Care.She succeeds current administrator, Darrell Hendrickson, who is retiring.Chesier received bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from Wichita State University and a doctorate in the public policy program in sociology from Washington State University.She currently is director of the Educational Policy, Planning and Improvement Center at the Missouri Department of Higher Education.Previously she served as senior policy analyst at the University of Missouri-Columbia Institute of Public Policy; senior legislative analyst for the Missouri House of Representative's research staff; assistant to the director at the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, visiting assistant professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and budget and policy analyst for the Division of Budget and Planning.
Globe/Derek Spellman Becky Moyer (right), ...
Globe/Derek Spellman Becky Moyer (right), a relative of Nathan Fisher, one of the residents who died as a result of the fire Nov. 27 at an Anderson group home for the mentally disabled, talks Friday with Debra Cheshier, of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Debra Cheshier, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Long Term Care Regulation director
Milbank Memorial Fund 2007 Acknowledgments
Debra Cheshier Administrator, Section for Long Term Care Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services