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State Representative Cavaletto Calls for Audit of DHS Grant Related to Murray Center Closure

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

State Representative John Cavaletto filed a House Resolution Friday that directs the Auditor General to conduct a formal audit of the grant issued by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to Community Resource Associates (CRA) in regards to transferring patients out of the Murray Center.

Cavaletto state in a press release that he has a number of questions and concerns about how the closure process at Murray Center is being handled.  He states a full audit is needed to make sure that everything is being done in a safe and proper manner.  

The resolution, filed as House Resolution 1247, would address a number of issues, such as whether all requirements of the grant are being met, and whether any prior business relationships have existed between the principals of CRA and staff within the Governor's office and DHS.  The resolution also looks at if CRA has any business interest in the group homes where residents are being transferred to.

Cavaletto has heard concerns regarding CRA's performance conducting resident assessments, saying, “Typically, resident assessments are done by facility staff and it involves a lot of interaction with the client, his or her doctors and medical staff, and family members.  I've been informed that client reviews currently being conducted by CRA have very little observation and interaction with the patients before they make their transition recommendations.  These are very vulnerable lives we're dealing with here and it's most definitely not the time to be cutting corners,” Cavaletto said.

Financial agreements made between DHS and CRA authorizes payments up to $1.35 million to CRA to develop a clinical transition plan.  Additionally, CRA is to perform resident assessments costing $5,300 per resident.

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