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NC adult care home group worried about agreement

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An association for North Carolina adult care homes doesn’t want Gov. Beverly Perdue to enter a legal agreement with the U.S. government it says could mean thousands of mentally ill residents must move out.

The North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities emailed supporters Wednesday asking them to tell Perdue not to reach a formal deal with federal attorneys who contend the state is breaking the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State regulators started a plan last month that will move residents with severe mental illness to community housing. A state attorney said this week the U.S. Justice Department wants court oversight to ensure the plan happens. The state has offered an independent reviewer instead.

The association says some homes could close if they lose Medicaid funding when residents leave.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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