Beshear: Feds Again Funding Oakwood

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have verbally informed the state that most federal funding has been restored to a troubled institution that houses mentally disabled adults.

Beshear said the federal action will provide about $2.5 million a month to operate the Communities of Oakwood, a sprawling campus in Somerset where investigators have documented numerous cases of abuse and neglect of residents.

The federal agency had withdrawn funding last year because of the problems.

Beshear said he is "extremely proud" that Oakwood has shown dramatic improvement and has won back federal funding.

The state had to pick up the entire cost of operating the facility, about $75 million a year, after the federal funding was pulled.

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