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Audit finds fault with oversight of mental health contracts

Posted July 16, 2008

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— In an audit released Tuesday, the state found that the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees contracted mental health services, lacked the means to keep payments to providers in check.

The Division of Medical Assistance, the DHHS division charged with authorizing services and safeguarding against unnecessary and inappropriate medical care and expenses, was the focus of the audit.

According to the audit, the division failed to monitor or maintain records, resulting in the possibility that the state paid too much for some services, or that services were not delivered as promised.

The audit, which focused on whether systems were in place to ensure that authorizations for services were managed effectively, is one of several initiated in part as a response to recent reports on problems within the state's mental health system.

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  • gammasandi Jul 16, 2008

    maybe we need a public viewing of the companies'financial records, and just how they qualify-group homes, therapuetic foster care, etc

  • Adelinthe Jul 16, 2008

    "The whole mental health system is in shambles."

    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    Our government puts the welfare of the weak on the bottom of every list, and it's a sad state of affairs indeed when we call ourselves then, the greatest country in the world, for even some third world countries take better care of their ill and needy than we do.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Space Mountain Jul 16, 2008

    Our state government is a mess. The whole mental health system is in shambles.

  • spartanpirate Jul 16, 2008

    Another fine mess our State Agencies have put us in. Why did they not monitor the services? Don't they have an audit team that goes out and looks at what is being spent and what is being charged? This should have been caught within the first 3 months then we wouldn't be in this mess. It wasn't costing this much when the local mental health agencies were controlling it. They hired their own staff at much less expense than $60 per hour for an untrained professional.

    Maybe we should go back to the way it was. If it isn't broke then don't fix it to be something more expensive.