make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Adult care home plan for NC under way

READ MORE:
mentalhealth.jpg

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's state health agency is moving ahead with a plan to help move mentally ill residents from adult care homes to affordable housing and less restrictive living conditions.

The state Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the plan Thursday that will cost more than $10 million this year and as much as $67 million over eight years.

The plan responds to allegations made in 2011 by the US Department of Justice that the state was failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act because so many mentally ill people were living in segregated settings.

It's unclear whether the plan is enough to prevent federal attorneys from suing the state.

Acting HHS Secretary Al Delia said his agency is moving ahead because it's the right policy.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.