Report criticizes W.Va. mental health care system

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A consultant's report says West Virginia's mental health care program for the poor and disabled is unnecessarily restrictive.

The report is part of an ongoing legal case involving the treatment of people with mental illness.

According to the report, the state's Medicaid program emphasizes compliance with federal regulations and focuses on determining why someone is ineligible for services. This promotes involuntary commitments over community-based services.

The Charleston Gazette obtained the report and reported its findings Monday.

Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman told the newspaper that state officials are reviewing the report.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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