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Ga. set to change mental health care providers in wake of audit

POSTED: September 10, 2012 12:00 p.m.

ATLANTA — Georgia officials are switching health care providers months after an audit found problems in a $13 million program meant to provide better treatment for the mentally ill.

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is booting out California-based Anka Behavioral Health and giving its contracts to local agencies.

Georgia is nearly at the halfway point in a five-year agreement with federal officials to move patients institutionalized in hospitals into community-based treatment programs.

An audit obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited Anka teams for record-keeping problems, improper billing, poorly trained staff and for letting too many patients wind up back in jail or hospitals. The company said it’s being unfairly penalized and has corrected most of the problems identified.

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