KDADS Closes Unlicensed Adult Care Home in Topeka

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2017

For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has moved to permanently shut down an adult care home in Topeka that has been operating without a license.

The facility, located at 125 SW Western Avenue, is called Twin Lanterns and was operating as an unlicensed adult care home for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, advertising itself as an “adult foster home.” Ronald Wayman, who owns the property, and Tamera Coolberth (Atherton) are co-owners and operators of Twin Lanterns.

At the request of the agency, District Court Judge Franklin Theis has signed a restraining order and temporary injunction to close the facility and an Order to Show Cause why the injunction should not be made permanent.

KDADS is the state agency responsible for the regulation and licensing of adult care homes for individuals with disabilities.

After KDADS filed a Motion for Temporary and Permanent Injunction, District Court Judge Franklin Theis granted the motion and issued a Temporary Injunction enjoining Coolberth and Wayman from owning and operating an unlicensed adult care home. Judge Theis also issued an Order to Show Cause as to why the injunction should not be made permanent.

In August, after an inspection by KDADS staff, KDADS issued a cease-and-desist order to Wayman and Coolberth.

Wayman previously told the agency that he discharged individuals living in the residence to the Topeka Rescue Mission and family or friends, but the agency has been unable to verify that statement, and Wayman has not yet provided KDADS with a list of the individuals who had been living in the home so the agency can ensure that they are appropriately cared for and housed.

In the Order for Temporary Injunction, Judge Theis found immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage would result to the residents of Twin Lanterns if the Temporary Injunction was not granted.

The City of Topeka earlier this year issued a notice to Twin Lanterns that it was violating the City of Topeka Zoning Code because the operators were running an unlicensed group home without a conditional use permit. 

A Show Cause hearing has been scheduled for September 29, 2017. The temporary injunction remains shall in place until vacated or modified by court order.