NC homes to lose funds over too many mentally ill

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Four adult care homes in North Carolina could lose Medicaid funding, resulting in the possible eviction of dozens of residents with mental illness.

The homes notified this week of the potential cutoff are the first of what could be 135 adult care homes within the state affected by a federal rule that bars facilities from having more than half of its beds occupied by residents with a primary diagnosis of mental illness.

Those patients increasingly began living in facilities primarily intended for the elderly over the last decade, as state lawmakers mandated deep cuts to government-run mental hospitals and treatment services as part of a failed privatization plan.

The homes in violation are Heritage Care of Conover, Hunter Village in Huntersville and two locations of Pinebrook Residential Center in Yadkinville.

Source: The Associated Press