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Inspection Positive For Oakwood, But Funding Remains In Doubt

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - Federal inspectors say patients at an
embattled state facility for mentally retarded adults appear to be
safe and well cared for.
But the inspectors gave no guarantee when they spoke to
Bluegrass Oakwood officials in Somerset yesterday that the facility
would retain Medicaid funding. The inspectors surveyed the center
for four days.
An official with the state Cabinet for Health and Family
Services said he views the recent findings as positive.
About 230 people with mental retardation and other disabilities
live at Oakwood.
It came under fire last year after receiving more than two dozen
serious citations from state regulators that dealt with patient
neglect and endangerment.
In one instance, a resident drowned after he was left alone in
the bath.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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


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