- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Supreme Court has halted, at least temporarily, the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources plan to implement new provider agreements for 19 residential psychiatric care facilities for children.

The high court issued a stay Monday after lawyers representing several of the agencies appealed a judge’s recent denial of injunctive relief, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported (https://bit.ly/2aVCRvG ).

The stay halts the changes the agency plans to make to its reimbursement rates to facilities, as well as the deadline that providers were given to sign the contracts. The deadline had been Monday.

Charles Johnson, an attorney for the residential facilities, argued that the providers were not aware of the details of the contract until they were presented to them on July 1 with an initial signing deadline of July 25.

The pending contract would replace bundled daily rates of $250 for residential placements to a standard rate of $178 for room, board and supervision in addition to separate billing for any additional services. The changes also include a 180-day limit on treatment, Johnson said.

The department has until Aug. 25 to respond to the Supreme Court’s stay.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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