The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has reached an agreement with Bluegrass.org – a Kentucky-based, non-profit organization – to assume management of Hazelwood, a state-owned Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The agreement includes Hazelwood ICF, the Hazelwood specialty clinic, and three community homes.
“Hazelwood plays an invaluable role in Kentucky’s healthcare infrastructure and has served to meet the needs of countless individuals, family members, and staff over many decades. Just as healthcare standards have progressed, so have best practices in the management of intermediate care facilities,” said Wendy Morris, commissioner for the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, a part of CHFS.
“As we work to deliver a person-centered model emphasizing independence, we determined it is in the best interest of all involved to partner with Bluegrass.org – a proven leader in the field – to manage Hazelwood. As always, residents and family members are our top priority and we are working to ensure this transition will be seamless.”
The transition follows the successful model Bluegrass.org has achieved with operation of Somerset-based Oakwood, the largest of Kentucky’s four state-owned ICFs.
“Bluegrass has a proven record of managing the transition and operations of a state-run intermediate care facility,” said CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. “The expertise and stability this arrangement provides will solidify services and insure consistent quality of care to this vulnerable population.”
Under the terms, Bluegrass.org will assume responsibility for the complete staffing, management and administration of the facility, similar to the arrangement between the Cabinet and Bluegrass.org for the operation of Oakwood.
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