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Perdue worries how to help group home residents

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Beverly Perdue says she's committed to ensure mentally ill people in group homes aren't put out on North Carolina streets come January but is hard pressed because she lacks authority to move state money around.

Perdue told reporters Thursday in Raleigh she believes legislative leaders want to fix the problem but doesn't know yet how it'll be done.

About 1,400 people living in group homes could see them close after Jan. 1 because Medicaid funding standards have changed for services like eating and bathing. The Legislature put $40 million in the budget to help adult care homes face similar restrictions but didn't identify group homes.

A key House Republican has suggested Perdue could still locate money to ease the problem. Perdue says a special legislative session may be needed.

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