FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say the federal
government has ended oversight of Oakwood, a state-run residential
center for adults with mental disabilities.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services cited "substantial improvements" at the
facility as the reason the U.S. Justice Department stopped its
court ordered oversight.
The cabinet has been involved in operating Oakwood since 2001.
The oversight came as part of a 2006 settlement agreement between
the Justice Department and the state.
Oakwood, located in Somerset, had a long history of abuse,
neglect and poor treatment of residents.
The cabinet in 2006 hired Bluegrass Mental Health-Mental
Retardation Board, the Lexington area community mental health
agency, to run Oakwood. State officials and advocates credit
Bluegrass with turning around Oakwood.
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