Wilmot Agrees to Pay $180,000 Over Group Homes
LL mentioned in his last column that new Attorney General Irv Nathan had reached a tentative settlement with beloved group home leader and lobbyist David Wilmot, who former Attorney General Peter Nickles slapped late last year with a $240,000 fine and a threat to take away six of Wilmot's group homes for the developmentally disabled. Nickles sued then settled with Wilmot's non-profit group home provider, Individual Development Inc, in 2009 over alleged mistreatment of its residents.
Now the second settlement is official and its details are available for public view. Wilmot agreed to have IDI pay $180,000 to the District over the next six months. (It's worth noting that IDI relies entirely on public funding.) Wilmot says in court records that the fines were imposed in error and the settlement is a "compromise solely for the purpose of ending the litigation." In return, the city won't take away IDI's group homes.
A court monitor for a federal court class-action case wrote in a February report that there have been recent improvements at IDI, which has "some promising initiatives underway to resolve longstanding problems." But, the monitor wrote, "continued monitoring is necessary to assess whether improvements and plans of correction can be sustained over time."