Audit: Minn. had inadequate oversight of adult care centers

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, June 14, 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.

According to a press release, 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 said 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 said 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.