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Maine lacks records on ER visits by some with disabilities

September 2, 2018

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine says it lacks public records detailing how many adults with intellectual disabilities and autism have visited hospital emergency rooms.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said it doesn’t have records for how many stays took place from 2015 to 2017. The newspaper had requested such records.

The agency usually pays the bills for such stays through the state’s Medicaid program. Operators of group homes must also report such stays to the state agency.

Maine lots 16 of its 24 crisis beds last year when it allowed a contract to lapse. State law requires Maine to have an “adequate capacity” of such beds.

The newspaper reported that two men with autism were in emergency rooms in Maine for extended periods this year.

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