Smoky Mountain approves management agreement, Western Highlands to consider it tomorrow-attachment0

Smoky Mountain approves management agreement, Western Highlands to consider it tomorrow

Smoky Mountain Center unanimously adopts a management agreement with Western Highlands Network. According to board members from both organizations, Western Highlands will likely adopt the same legal document at its 8:30 a.m. meeting tomorrow, May 24. (Photo of Western Highlands interim CEO Charlie Schoenheit by Caitlin Byrd)

Western Highlands announces plans to merge with Smoky Mountain-attachment0

Western Highlands announces plans to merge with Smoky Mountain

As the July 31 deadline looms for ending Western Highlands Network’s state Medicaid contract, its board hopes to keep mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services close to home. (Above, WHN board member Steve Wyatt announces the board’s the resolution of intent to merge with Smoky Mountain. Photo by Caitlin Byrd)

In the red: Former Western Highlands Network CEO Arthur Candar Jr. explains how the organization ended up $3 million in the hole. At the end of the July 27 meeting, the board voted to fire him. photo by Caitlin Byrd

Under the gun

After a consultant discovered a $3 million shortfall, the Western Highlands Network must undergo close state oversight aimed at getting the agency back on track. And if the managed-care organization doesn't strictly adhere to the recommendations in the state’s Aug. 1 correction plan, it could face severe consequences. The board has already fired CEO Arthur […]