A federal agency has warned Georgia officials that it will end Medicaid payments to an Augusta facility for the developmentally disabled unless the state improves conditions there. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an August report, said the state-run Gracewood Developmental Center has repeatedly failed to... Read more
The investigation of a South Georgia unlicensed personal care home began with the report of a resident of the facility breaking into a nearby home to get food. Law enforcement officials later raided the care facility, called Uplift, which housed people with mental illness and disabilities. Conditions were horrifying.... Read more
A state health agency Thursday delayed approval of a change in the Medicaid eligibility system for people in long-term care whose incomes are above the government program’s thresholds. The Department of Community Health’s board had been set to approve a switch for some lower-income Georgians — who now use... Read more
Almost 10 percent of the 480 people with developmental disabilities who have moved out of state hospitals since July 2010 have died after their placement in community residences. Chris Bailey, a spokesman with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, when asked about deaths after hospital transfers,... Read more
The state’s main health agency said Thursday that it has formed a partnership with the GBI to crack down on unlicensed personal care homes. Clyde Reese, the commissioner of the Department of Community Health, told the agency’s board that the partnership, which includes Adult Protective Services from the Department... Read more

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