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Lakeland Village facility fails federal review

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Lakeland Village, a residential rehabilitation center for people with developmental disabilities, failed a federal review and can’t take new residents until problems are corrected.

The state Department of Social and Health Services, which operates the center in Medical Lake, announced Monday that federal funds for new admissions have been shut off until the facility meets requirements for “active treatment” – skills training to help residents be employable in the community – and addresses problems with oversight systems and health care.

The “denial of payment” status that results from the review doesn’t affect the current 98 intermediate care residents of the intermediate care facility.

Inspectors representing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, conducted a survey last month of the facility, which included reviewing records, interviewing staff and observing some residents. The department was notified late last week that it was not meeting certain requirements for federal funding.

Although the intermediate care facility is not at full capacity, it does not have anyone on a waiting list and the change in status does not immediately affect any potential residents, a DSHS spokeswoman said.

Lakeland Village has 10 calendar days to submit a plan to correct the issues. If it can’t, Lakeland Village could face decertification. The review doesn’t affect the nursing facility which Lakeland Village also operates.

“After seeing the statement of deficiencies, we’re confident we can resolve the issues and come back into compliance quickly,” Evelyn Perez, assistant secretary for the DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration, said in a news release.

In 2013, federal inspectors cited Lakeland Village for moving some residents from skills training to nursing care as a result of statewide budget cuts that reduced staff. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suspended some federal matching dollars until the state made necessary changes.

In 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services threatened to terminate funding for patients in the nursing facility, but dropped that threat about a week later after improvements were made.

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