State finds 'jeopardy' to disabled at 3 centers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three California centers for the developmentally disabled are at risk of losing Medicaid funding after state officials found some patients were in unsafe situations.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/19GxH1S ) the California Department of Public Health announced late Friday it would take steps to decertify the Porterville, Lanterman and Fairview Developmental Centers.

Health officials said they discovered "situations involving immediate jeopardy" to patients at the three facilities.

The exact nature of the problems was unclear. Spokeswoman Anita Gore said documents providing more details would be posted on the department website after being redacted.

The facilities had been under review throughout the last year due to "deficient practices."

Health officials said they would work with the Department of Developmental Services, which oversees the facilities, to find a way to continue the Medicaid certification.

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