Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that the last of four units at Oakwood, an often troubled Somerset facility for the mentally and physically handicapped, has passed a key federal inspection.
Officials at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services say they are now waiting for federal funding to be reinstated for that unit. It houses about 60 patients and is costing the state more than $1 million a month.
In May 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services terminated its annual funding of as much as $75 million to the facility because of repeated problems, including two deaths.
The state had been paying the full bill until March, when funding was restored to three of the units.
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Unit No. 1 is the last of Oakwood's four units to pass the initial certification survey. It did not pass a survey in September 2008.
Cabinet officials had been working with the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board, which manages Oakwood, to address the deficiencies cited in Unit No. 1.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Oakwood, the Cabinet and Bluegrass," Beshear said. "I am very proud of the Cabinet and Bluegrass staffs, who have worked tirelessly to bring Oakwood back into compliance with federal certification requirements."
Oakwood, the state's largest facility for adults with mental retardation, has 195 residents.
In 2005 and 2006, the facility received 24 Type A citations — the most serious — for failing to keep residents safe. Two of those citations were for incidents involving a man who drowned in a bathtub and another resident who choked on a hot dog.