Agreement to help 600 in personal care homes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An agreement has been reached that will lead to better care for some residents at personal care homes.

Advocates for the disabled and mentally ill told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/16sBHjI) that the agreement between state regulators and a watchdog group will dramatically improve the lives of 600 mentally ill people who reside at personal care homes — and possibly others in the future.

The agreement will provide additional community-based services for people who have been isolated from the community.

Kentucky Protection and Advocacy is a state agency that advocates for the disabled and mentally ill. Director Marsha Hockensmith said the agreement is a "systematic change" in how Kentucky treats those who are seriously mentally ill.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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