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Former Chair: Smoky Mountain Wanted New River to Fail PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 14 October 2011 05:40

The now former chairman of New River Behavioral Health Care says Smoky Mountain Center is to blame for the woes of the regional mental health service provider, and goes as far as saying that the Sylva LME wanted New River to fail.  The reason, according to Zach Henderson of Wilkesboro, is that New River wanted to get out from under Smoky Mountain.  Henderson told the Wilkes Journal-Patriot that the relationship between New River and Smoky Mountain grew ‘increasingly adversarial’ after Brian Ingraham became Smoky Mountain's CEO two years ago, asking New River to take on territories that Smoky needed covering—but without enough support to cover the costs, according to Henderson. He told the paper "The New River board had started making inquiries about possibly going with another LME" last year, which was allowed under the interlocal agreement. He said Smoky Mountain officials felt threatened by possible loss of the five counties because it would have left the LME without enough Medicaid patients and overall residents to qualify for a Medicaid waiver, recently received by Smoky Mountain, determining eligibility of service providers for Medicaid reimbursements in its designated counties. Henderson told the paper, "You can nurture (an organization) or you can help cause it to fail."

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