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Audit exposes problems within state’s disabilities services

Audit exposes problems within state’s disabilities services

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A report released by the Comptroller’s office says an audit of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) has uncovered problems regarding its safety practices and information systems.

The department provides services ranging from institutional care to support of those living in the community. As of May 31, 2013, DIDD was serving 8,096 individuals.

Among the issues found within the department, auditors reported that an official overturned two allegations of misconduct against employees, and therefore did not intend to hold the employee provider accountable for the deaths of service recipients.

Other problems reported include deficiencies in background checks and spending. According to the report, since 1994, DIDD has spent at least $4.3 million to replace its outdated information system, with little to show for the expense. The department is estimated to spend another $11.8 million to complete the project.

View the full report here.

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