Greensboro mental health facility could have license revoked, accused of endangering clients

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A mental health and substance abuse facility in Greensboro could soon have it’s license revoked.

FOX8 just learned the Department of Health and Human Services sent United Youth Care Services a notice with an intent to revoke its license.

The facility provides housing for some of the people in the programs.

After an investigation, DHHS determined that the violations endanger the health and welfare of clients.

The investigation also revealed the CEO and clinical director of the group orchestrated an elaborate scheme to get Medicaid reimbursements for treatments that were not properly documented, falsified or not provided.

Talitta Harris said she was living at a hotel when a recruiter told her she could get housing through United Youth Care Services.

She was told she needed to have Medicaid and a substance abuse problem to qualify.

“They are telling people to say they are on drugs just to be in the program,” Harris said.

Clients told DHHS investigators they were told to lie about being on drugs to get housing and the apartments they were placed in were in bad shape.

“Made me worse to be honest,” Harris said. “Since I’ve been in these apartments, it has made me worse. It makes me want to go have a drink every day because of the way we live.”

FOX8 reporter Aleksandra Bush visited three units at South Pointe Apartments, one of the places clients were placed.

She saw sewage seeping into an apartment, a collapsed ceiling and mold on walls and windows.

“My house has poop coming out of the toilet,” Harris said.

Now, organizations that work with people facing homelessness and substance abuse are worried about the housing these people will need if the group loses its license.

“I would say going from providing services to six families in maybe three months to providing services to 200 families within the last 30 days is what we’re looking at,” said Tina Ogundiran, the founder of Bridging The Gap Services. “That’s an epidemic.”

“About to cry right now just talking about it 'cause my son even asks 'Where we moving to, mommy?' and we don’t know,” Harris said.

Right now, the city of Greensboro and Greensboro Housing Collation are working together to come up with a plan in case a large number of people suddenly don’t have a place to go.

United Youth Care Services also faces two $3,000 fines and was ordered to no longer accept anymore clients.

The group has 10 days from the notice date to dispute the violations.

The documents are dated Sept. 12.

The mass media director for United Youth Care Services said they have “no comment.”

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