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State Orders Eastern Kentucky Mental Health Facility Closed

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A home for the mentally handicapped has been
ordered to shut down at the end of June after losing its Medicaid
funding when state investigators found multiple problems at the
facility.

Mountain Horizons of Hope provides services such as group and
staffed homes for the mentally handicapped. It will lose its
Medicaid funding June 29th.

Mountain Horizons is part of the Supports for Community Living
Program, a Medicaid program that provides residential and other
treatment for mentally handicapped adults who live in the
community.

State investigators say the facility had no documentation for
more than 33-thousand dollars in personal spending money for 19
people whose accounts were managed by the staff. When state
Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation investigators
visited Mountain Horizons' nine group homes in April, two didn't
have enough food.

Spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Human Services Gwenda Bond says the cabinet is working with approximately 20 individuals
who receive services through Mountain Horizons to find alternative
placements.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-16-07 1400EDT


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