- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s state mental hospital has won re-accreditation a month after avoiding the loss of federal funding.

The state Department of Health Services announced this week that an independent nonprofit commission that evaluates health care organizations and programs nationwide has accredited the Arizona State Hospital through October 2017.

The department said the re-accreditation shows that the hospital’s staff provides safe and high-quality care.

The accreditation announcement followed a federal decision in September to not pull funding from the hospital because of patient care and safety problems.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had found the Phoenix hospital wasn’t complying with federal rules during a May inspection. A corrections plan was submitted in June and the hospital was re-inspected in July.

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