State Hopes to Keep Oakwood Funding

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - State officials have submitted a plan promising a safer environment for patients of Kentucky's largest center for mentally handicapped adults.

Officials hope the plan will preserve 43 million dollars in federal funding for the Communities at Oakwood.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decided to pull funding last year after it found that the conditions at the Somerset facility posed an "immediate jeopardy" to the health and safety of patients.

However, the agency continued to fund Oakwood while the Cabinet
for Health and Family Services appealed the decision.

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