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Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008 6:50 am | Updated: 10:13 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - A review by state health officials of a nonprofit Hispanic group's clinic revealed several problems including issues with licensing and record keeping.

The report, released by the Arizona Department of Health Services, said the Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. outpatient facility in south-central Phoenix was not licensed to provide counseling services yet has been doing so since Feb. 1.

Health inspectors found a total of 11 problems during the September survey of the clinic, which could force the county or the nonprofit to pay back money to the federal government, said Elizabeth Yaquinto, director of workforce management and development, which oversees the program.

Maricopa County, on behalf of the federal government, contracts with Chicanos Por La Causa to provide services to people living with HIV and AIDS.

According to county records, the organization is scheduled to receive about $318,000 each year, through 2010, for mental-health, substance-abuse and psychosocial-support services, outreach and supportive case management.

State health officials are forwarding the findings to its enforcement team, which could penalize Chicanos Por La Causa.

The penalties could range from civil fines to a license suspension, although the nonprofit likely will face a lower-level of enforcement since no patients were harmed.

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