AUGUSTA – A federal audit has found Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services failed to investigate the deaths of developmentally disabled people who receive assistance from the state.
It’s required to do so to ensure the health and welfare of those people who are medicaid beneficiaries.
According to audit, DHHS failed to investigate 133 deaths from January 2013 and 2015.
It also failed to report 34 percent of critical incidents involving the more than 2,600 people covered by the medicaid program.
DHHS released a statement today acknowledging the problem, but said the lapse came during a time of transition when it was merging the offices of elder services with the office of cognitive and physical disabilities services.
Officials said many of those problems were discovered before the audit and those issues have been addressed with new improvements in place.