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Troubled Sonoma Developmental Center won't seek federal patient money

The Sonoma Developmental Center has given up seek federal funding for 112 seriously disabled patients amid ongoing investigations into problems at the troubled facility, including instances of patient abuse.

The loss amounts to $1.37 million per month that helped cover treatment costs for patients in the center's intermediate care unit — which houses more than half of the center's total population of 517.

That money will now come from the state's general fund, officials announced Friday.

The 112 patients affected by the action will continue to receive treatment at the facility, Nancy Lungren, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Developmental Services, said Friday.

She said some of the patients may be moved to other areas of the facility while officials take steps to bring the intermediate care unit into compliance with state and federal regulations.


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