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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  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    It's a shame that these establishments are supposed to be here to help these people, but instead, they take advantage of these people and their disabilities. Let this be an example that if you take advantage of people, you will ALWAYS pay the price!!!
  • by who knew on Jun 18, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    Mt Horizon of Hope individuals were taken care of better than my own kids have it. They must have came in on a day where the individuals were very hungary that afternoon.. Every house always had enough food for ten people. I use to work for that company years ago we were always alloweed to call if we ran out of milk or anything and we could go get these items at anytime. As far as the pissants who sdoesnt have those at the beginning of spring hell i had them does that mean they should come and take my kids and that im a bad mother cause i have pissants? The individual that they say was eating food he was allergic to was eating homemade sauce and the ingrediant he was allergic to was left out...I mean they make it sound like these people were just living in filth and not taken care of at all.The state came in at least once a month for 3 years and they always passed everything with flying colors. If u could go visit any of these houses they are nicer than what the average working person in hazard lives in and nicer than what 80% of u guys reading this live in. SERIOUSLY THEY TOOK THIS THING TO A LEVEL THAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE GUYS LIVED BETTER THAN MOST.....
  • by EDITH Location: BALL on Jun 18, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    WE NED HELP FOR OUR LOVE ONE MY ONLY CHILD IS MENTAL IN 1980 SHE IN THE EASTER STATE Mental Health Facility WE NED MONEY FOR OUR KIDS WHER ARE THAY GO TO JILL EDITH BALL SEXTONCREEK KY CLAY CO KY
  • by Edward Location: Lexington on Jun 17, 2007 at 07:40 AM
    I expected this to happen with Mountain Horizons. It's really sad how certain people prey on the mentally handicapped. The People running Mountain Horizons should be held accountable!!!

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