Arkansas DHS to end contracts with Preferred Family Healthcare

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The Arkansas Department of Human Services intends to terminate its contracts with Preferred Family Healthcare, a spokesman for DHS told 40/29 News Thursday.

When the contracts are terminated, the Missouri-based nonprofit will close its operations in Arkansas.

Preferred Family Healthcare provides treatment for behavioral and mental health issues and substance abuse disorder and provides other social supports. It has 47 locations in Arkansas, including Rogers, Springdale, Van Buren and Bentonville, and also operates Decision Point in Bentonville.

Preferred Family Healthcare has been operating in Arkansas for 11 years. It has more than 700 employees across the state.

The company said it is working with DHS to understand its transition plans.

DHS released a statement to 40/29 News, saying in part, “The Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) notified the Department of Human Services (DHS) it has determined there is a credible allegation of fraud against Preferred Family Health (PFH) and its former employee Robin Raveendran based on an affidavit for Raveendran’s arrest. OMIG has notified PFH and Raveendran they are temporarily suspending both PFH and Raveendren for payment for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries.”

The statement said they anticipate transitioning all programs and ending the contracts in 30 to 60 days.

A former lobbyist who oversaw Preferred Family Healthcare’s Arkansas operations pleaded guilty last month in a multimillion-dollar scheme to bribe Arkansas lawmakers and embezzle from the nonprofit.



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