joked CEO George Lilley on how Valley HealthCare System in Morgantown will financially support Shawnee Hill's Terra Alta substance abuse recovery center.
"Seriously, though, we've operated at a loss, but we've also been working to get out of that situation for the past several months," he
Valley has downsized and reduced expenses.They now hope the pot of money they get annually from the state for indigent care will actually cover their costs.
"We'll be able to operate the next fiscal year in the black," Lilley
Deaf Education and Advocacy Focus of West Virginia lost money in 1999 and 2000.
...The behavioral health centers have not fared much differently, added Lilley, Valley's CEO.
Medicaid, health insurance for the poor, has in the last year drastically reduced the kind of behavioral health services it would reimburse, for example.
"Other directors I've talked to in the state of West Virginia are severely concerned about the state of mental health care in the state of West Virginia," he
of Health and Human Resources officials have fronted thousands of dollars to the agencies now caring for Shawnee Hills clients.