Beltrami County Board pens letter to state DHS, refusing repayment

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved a letter to the state department of human services that refuses to pay back almost $87,000 in overpayments to the state.

According to Beltrami County Health and Human Services Director Becky Secore, the state underestimated payments from 2014 to 2019.

The payments are related to substance use disorder treatments, and many counties across the state are standing together in refusal to repay.

The county’s Health and Human services department could possibly face another revenue shortfall in the future, with new legislation requiring higher levels of background checks for many different positions in group homes or other residential treatment settings.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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