Audit: Minn. had inadequate oversight of care centers

Published 8:42 am Friday, June 15, 2018

ST. PAUL — A federal audit says the Minnesota agency responsible for protecting vulnerable adults in the state has failed to provide adequate oversight for 20 adult day care centers.

The Star Tribune reports that the Office of Inspector General for the federal Department of Health and Human Services released the report last week. The agency found 200 health, safety and administrative requirement violations. The violations included peeling paint, hazardous chemicals and an unattended knife.

The audit says problems stem from the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ inability to routinely inspect the centers because of a staffing shortage.

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DHS Inspector General Carolyn Ham says her office has started conducting licensing inspections at the centers to hold them accountable. Two of the programs have closed, while a dozen have received correction orders.