Feds respond to complaints about N.C. mental health services
The United States Justice Department has notified North Carolina that it plans to investigate claims made in a complaint filed last summer by Disability Rights North Carolina.Posted — Updated
"The state has been struggling with trying to find a way to develop appropriate community services and they failed to do so, not because the current secretary of DHHS (the Department of Health and Human Services) doesn't have a vision but because he can't get funding for that vision," said Vicki Smith, a spokeswoman for Disability Rights.
Smith said the investigation is a huge first step to correcting mental health reform in North Carolina.
In a letter to DHHS, the Department of Justice asked for specific information by the middle of December.
A DHHS spokesman said it will cooperate.
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