Thursday, October 30, 2008

So $10 million of sorely needed mental health money will go to PAY FOR INPT PSYCHIATRIC CARE at NC State Hospitals who LOST THEIR ACCREDITATION

ANYONE WHO PAYS TAXES TO THE STATE OF NC SHOULD BE INCENSED ABOUT THE BELOW. This is money that NC DHHS was beholden to 'watch over' in terms of securing and keeping accreditation at the state psychiatric hospitals rather than mis-managing.


State To Reallocate Mental Health Money
(RALEIGH)— The Department of Health and Human Services must reallocate $8 million to $10 million in its budget to cover expenses associated with treating some patients at one of the state's four psychiatric hospitals.
From The North Carolina News Network -


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"Dr. Michael Lancaster, co-director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, said Wednesday the state is expected to pay an estimated $800,000 a month over the next year as Cherry Hospital works to regain its certification to be reimbursed for treating any new patients on federal insurance programs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month revoked the Goldsboro facility's certification following the death of a patient who died after choking on medication and being left sitting in a chair unsupervised for nearly 24 hours.

Lancaster says the hospital will continue to treat patients and won't cut services associated with patient care, but he would not specify where the money would come from within the $14 billion DHHS budget.

In addition, DHHS will pay Compass Group Inc. more than $400,000 to help restructure Cherry Hospital's management team and to help get it reinstated.

In a report released earlier this month, the independent consulting firm said that fixing the dysfunctional organizational culture will require time, attention and additional resources. "


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