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TEMPLE (October 21, 2013) ---Central Counties Center MHMR in Temple was required to submit a corrective action plan in response to a review by the Texas Department of State Health Services, but officials weren’t saying why Monday.
The center’s executive director, Eldon Tietje, confirmed Monday that representatives of DSHS visited the center about three weeks ago, but would not say what prompted the visit.
He said the corrective action plan was filed with the state two weeks ago and said he and his staff are still working with the state officials to determine if more action is required.
The center at 304 South 22nd St. in Temple provides mental health and disability services for residents of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, and Milam Counties.
A clinic adjacent to the facility can prescribe prescription medications, but Tietje would not say if the review was prompted by a complaint about procedures there.
"The site visits can happen because of a variety of issues like if they've decided they wanted to do some site visits and they just do them for their own internal auditing responsibilities and so on," Tietje said.
DSHS officials declined to reveal the reason for or the findings of the review Monday and action on a formal request for details was pending late Monday afternoon.
Dr. Louella H. Tate, who chairs the center’s board, said Monday she was not aware that a corrective action plan had been filed with the state.
I just have the highest regard for honesty and integrity and taking care of our consumers, it's very important that we fulfill the obligations of the funding so that we will be available to take care of them," Tate said.
Tate said she would be asking questions about the site visit and review when the board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"At no time do we want to take any short cuts or do anything that is not only illegal but improper in doing so," Tate said.