Arizona orders contractor to increase services
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
PHOENIX (AP) - A mental health contractor for the state has agreed to provide services to more foster children after auditors found major shortcomings.
Magellan Health Services says it is implementing a corrective-action plan after a state investigation found that the contractor has been delaying services and collecting excess profits.
Magellan provides services for thousands of foster children in Maricopa County.
The Arizona Republic reports that state health officials reacted to audit findings last summer by ordering Magellan to increase services.
Magellan then approved a plan to correct shortcomings found by the auditors.
Magellan official Shawn Thiele says the company is changing its processes but all eligible children have been receiving necessary care.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)