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No Perdue solution to group homes Medicaid dilemma

Gov. Bev Perdue will not present a solution to the problem with funding for group homes for people with mental disabilities today, as she said she would on Monday.

Group home providers, residents, and their families are waiting anxiously for Perdue's announcement because thousands are in jeopardy of losing Medicaid money that helps pay for their lodging. The change comes Jan. 1.

"I think we are still examining all of our options," said Perdue spokeswoman Christine Mackey. The office will announce its move next week, she said.

Tillis calls for special session on funding for mental disabled in group homes

House Speaker Thom Tills on Friday asked Gov. Bev Perdue to convene a special session on funding for the state’s mental health group homes.

Tillis, a Republican from Mecklenburg County, sent a letter to the governor outlining his request.

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Document(s):
Special Session Request Letter.pdf

Blue ribbon panel begins figuring out how to move mentally ill, disabled care

A panel of state legislators, mental health and developmental disability experts and advocates, adult care home representatives, housing officials and others met Wednesday to begin working on plans to move patients out of large facilities and into communities for treatment specially tailored to them.

The 32-member Blue Ribbon Commission on Transitions to Community Living met for the first time and spent the day at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh getting up to speed on several pressing issues.

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