Demise of New River Behavioral Healthcare similar to collapse six years ago of HopeRidge |

A provider of behavioral-health services is dissolving amid allegations of financial mismanagement, while blame for its demise flies back and forth between the agency and its overseer like a high-level tennis match.

The scenario describes the downfall of New River Behavioral Healthcare of Boone, which had served 13,000 residents in a five-county section of Northwest North Carolina before the process for its removal began two weeks ago.

The events are eerily similar to the August 2005 collapse of a Forsyth County provider, HopeRidge Centers for Behavioral Health, and its rocky relationship with its local management entity, CenterPoint Human Services.

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