State audit faults disability agency in spending of $1.3 million | The Columbus Dispatch

State auditors said the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has failed to account for more than $1.3 million in tax money it paid to a company that provides protective services to the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled. Full Story
Jo Jo is Right

Springfield, OH

#24 Jul 25, 2011
So 1.3 million out of what? Is that 90% of the money flowing unaccounted for or 9/10th of 1 %? It does make a difference Dispatch. Is this an accounting error or a conspiricy? Can't tell from the weak reporting.

And all the hate government whiners, this is one of the public/private set ups where the free market is supposed to govern and make sure everything is on the up and up. Another free market fail!
mary

Columbus, OH

#25 Jul 25, 2011
Same old story: create a government agency with responsibilities that we all approve of, caring for citizens with disabilities. Sounds good until you get into the books. The agency workers who do who knows what all day, pay out taxpayer money to another entity to do who knows what. Everyone submits vouchers and timesheets, but no one bothers to find out if the clients, the disabled, are actually benefitting. But we just soak up political rhetoric when these agencies are mentioned and plaques are awarded for their good work. Sickening.
Thinker

Reynoldsburg, OH

#26 Jul 25, 2011
If these concerns are proven true, who will get fired for this. I know. Nobody.

We need SB5.
Al Sharptongue

Saint Louis, MO

#27 Jul 25, 2011
First, the article stated the money could not be accounted for in terms of reimbursement for acceptable charges. Nowhere is it mentioned that fraud is involved. Morons, UGH!!!!!!!! Second, anyone who thinks the government is more efficient than private industry is dumber than a box of rocks. APSI was following what the government instructed them to do, so what do you expect. Also, blame Strickland, not Kasich. Stricklnad had 4 years to figure this out.

JPA

Since: Jan 10

Columbus, OH

#28 Jul 25, 2011
Jerry Klempke wrote:
<quoted text>
If government workers were providing the services instead of private contractors, there clearly would be more accountability.
Better yet..Remove the government from the picture. Let the "private contractor" get paid directly from the private individual(s) that thinks the service is needed..family, friends or charity. That would help keep the "private contractor" from sinking to the same level and acquiring the government worker's attitude about the source of the money.

“aggrivated editor”

Since: Apr 11

Newark

#29 Jul 25, 2011
Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
You got some data to back up either of those assertions? That there are more children considered developmentally disabled or that the DoDD has grown to a great degree?
And in an ideal world, wouldn't an agency with responsibility for a population be expected to grow if the population grows?
look at the definition of developmentally disabled 20 years ago and now..it has expanded to include nutrition and vitamin deficiency, lack of prenatal care, etc...this is less about helping/educating those with brain issues than another bloated agency for low income folks..
broadening that definition has enabled the agency to expand not out of real need, but perceived need.
Sheesh

Columbus, OH

#30 Jul 25, 2011
The ignorance displayed here is what I've come to expect.

Obviously, both the "reporter" and the commenters on here know nothing about all the agencies working quietly, in the background, making the world a better place.

No criminal accusations have been made here; nor has any allegation of fraud.

Please read more carefully.
Please report more responsibly.

JPA

Since: Jan 10

Columbus, OH

#31 Jul 25, 2011
Jerry Klempke wrote:
<quoted text>
If government workers were providing the services instead of private contractors, there clearly would be more accountability.
Let's rebuild the government run insane asylums again.
Elaine Renoire

Richmond, IN

#32 Jul 25, 2011
NASGA is an organization of victims and families working to expose and end unlawful and abusive guardianships/conservatorships of vulnerable elderly and/or disabled persons nationwide.

A growing number of our members are parents of adult developmentally disabled individuals and have had their loved ones wrongfully taken from them and thrown into the system. Many have then have been completely shut out of their childrens’ lives. Media exposure of this injustice and havoc is growing.

NASGA just released its third “Open Letter to Congress and the White House”(available at http://www.An OpenLetterToCongress-3 – focusing on the growing drain on Medicaid caused by unlawful and abusive guardianships/conservatorships .

We applaud the advocates who tirelessly pushed for this audit, the State of Ohio for stepping up to the plate, and the Columbus Dispatch for following this important story.

Yours,
Elaine Renoire
NASGA
www.StopGuardianAbuse.org
www.AnOpenLetterToCongress.info
www.AnOpenLetterToCongress-2.info
www.AnOpenLetterToCongress-3.info
http://NASGA-StopGuardianAbuse.blogspot.com
Why Not

Canal Winchester, OH

#33 Jul 25, 2011
JPA wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's rebuild the government run insane asylums again.
And watch the number of "developmentally disabled" suddenly decline to those in actual need.
Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog

United States

#34 Jul 25, 2011
Meow Mix

Columbus, OH

#35 Jul 25, 2011
ndpt wrote:
Remember this story in November when this agency goes to the polls and ask for more money.The Department of Disability needs to take better care of the money they have and not be given more tax payer dollars to waste.
The FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF DD - which is independent of the State Department of DD - has nothing to do with this. This problem was created by the state agency, which does not put levies on the ballot.
Meow Mix

Columbus, OH

#36 Jul 25, 2011
redharedgrl wrote:
whether private or public there's always somebody scamming to cut checks or give jobs to friends and family when the funds come from the citizens.
isnt it amazing the huge increase of children considered developmentally disabled coincides with the growth of the DoDD?
Please get your facts rights. DODD has grown significantly smaller in size over the past several years, starting with the Taft administration. You may also want to do a little reading to find out what actually constiututes a disability for purposes of receiving services - it isn't as simple as walking into the office and saying your child has autism.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#37 Jul 25, 2011
redharedgrl wrote:
<quoted text>
look at the definition of developmentally disabled 20 years ago and now..it has expanded to include nutrition and vitamin deficiency, lack of prenatal care, etc...this is less about helping/educating those with brain issues than another bloated agency for low income folks..
broadening that definition has enabled the agency to expand not out of real need, but perceived need.
Again, to what specific document are you referring? Where does it say that vitamin deficiency, or even lack of prenatal care is sufficient criteria to determine developmental disability? The kinds of criteria typically used may make reference to this things as having caused a disability, but criteria typically have to do with whether or not there is a condition that interferes with one's ability to learn or to handle basic "activities of daily living" and the like.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#38 Jul 25, 2011
JPA wrote:
<quoted text>
Better yet..Remove the government from the picture. Let the "private contractor" get paid directly from the private individual(s) that thinks the service is needed..family, friends or charity. That would help keep the "private contractor" from sinking to the same level and acquiring the government worker's attitude about the source of the money.
Sure, let's go back to the good old days when the "infirm" of poor families survived by begging, or were ill-housed in whatever charity could provide.

Good thinking. Everything was so much better then, wasn't it?
Meow Mix

Columbus, OH

#39 Jul 25, 2011
Thinker wrote:
If these concerns are proven true, who will get fired for this. I know. Nobody.
We need SB5.
The people responsible for making these payments are not union employees. They could be removed immediately.
Meow Mix

Columbus, OH

#40 Jul 25, 2011
Al Sharptongue wrote:
First, the article stated the money could not be accounted for in terms of reimbursement for acceptable charges. Nowhere is it mentioned that fraud is involved. Morons, UGH!!!!!!!! Second, anyone who thinks the government is more efficient than private industry is dumber than a box of rocks. APSI was following what the government instructed them to do, so what do you expect. Also, blame Strickland, not Kasich. Stricklnad had 4 years to figure this out.
And who was the State Auditor during those four years??? MARY TAYLOR, our beloved lieutenant governor. Why didn't she discover this huge problem? Incompetence?
Meow Mix

Columbus, OH

#41 Jul 25, 2011
Why Not wrote:
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And watch the number of "developmentally disabled" suddenly decline to those in actual need.
I would urge you to spend some time volunteering at Special Olympics, your local DD board, with provider agencies (Goodwill, UCP, etc.) before you decide about people's needs.
Low On the DD Food Chain

Cincinnati, OH

#42 Jul 25, 2011
Actually, county DD boards ARE part of the problem although not exactly as described by the prior poster.

Instead of using APSI as a guardian of last resort for those with no family members, Franklin County DD (and many other county boards) use APSI to bludgeon families - when a family guardian is a very strong advocate, he or she is often perceived as a problem. APSI is brought in by county DD staff to replace family guardians.Take a look at In Re Guardianship of John Spangler on the Ohio Supreme Court's website.
Meow Mix wrote:
<quoted text>
The FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF DD - which is independent of the State Department of DD - has nothing to do with this. This problem was created by the state agency, which does not put levies on the ballot.

JPA

Since: Jan 10

Columbus, OH

#43 Jul 25, 2011
Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Sure, let's go back to the good old days when the "infirm" of poor families survived by begging, or were ill-housed in whatever charity could provide.
Good thinking. Everything was so much better then, wasn't it?
Well, the debtor's prisons did get a bit scroungy from time to time.

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