Boy with brain injury kicked out of group home

Benjamin Nuissl's parents are meeting with his doctors and case workers to find a solution

Benjamin Nuissl went missing during a day trip to Hood River Monday, May 9, 2016 (Undated courtesy photo from Nuissi family)
Benjamin Nuissl went missing during a day trip to Hood River Monday, May 9, 2016 (Undated courtesy photo from Nuissi family)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Benjamin Nuissl has had a rough 15 years. While other kids his age play soccer or go to school dances, he’s living without part of his brain. It was removed in surgery last year in an attempt to stop seizures.

“He has a neuro-cognitive disorder and he has what’s called disinhibition syndrome,” Benjamin’s stepmother, Stacey Nuissl, told KOIN 6 News. The syndrome causes Benjamin to frequently run away.

Benjamin lives in a group home so he can get 24-hour care. Since last September, he’s lived at Albertina Kerr in Northeast Portland. But earlier this week, his parents received a letter from the children’s services director at Albertina Kerr, telling them Benjamin had to move within 10 days.

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Benjamin’s parents say Albertina Kerr will move him to the state’s Stabilization and Crisis Unit, which his father, Gunther, says is a unit for adults who have violence problems. On it’s website, the SACU says it provides “residential care and supervision to high-risk adults and children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who represent the most risk to the public at large, their peers, or themselves.”

“It’ll ruin him. I have no doubt it will ruin him,” Gunther said. “That’s my greatest fear, that mentally, it destroys him and he loses hope.”

Gunther says Albertina Kerr could make adjustments to prevent Benjamin from escaping.

Calls to Albertina Kerr haven’t been returned.

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