Justin P. Wilson is Treasury Comptroller of Tennessee and former Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Conservation of Tennessee (1996-97). (Photo: Sent)

A state audit of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has found several areas where it says that the department did not fulfill its responsibilities and provided important services.

The Tennessee Comptroller's Office published the sunset performance audit on Wednesday for the department responsible for administering services for Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. [19659006] The department listed 14 findings and nine observations of potential concerns since the last audit in 2013.

Among the main concerns cited is the department's failure in 2016 to transfer critical information to TennCare about Tennesseans in a list of wait for services, inadequate contact with individuals with elderly caregivers, and inadequate development of support plans, timely background checks, and other accounting issues.

Several of the concerns identified were related to a growing problem for the department and the state of carelessness "to a large extent" According to a press release.

The release cites a 2015 study that ranked Tennessee for the last time among 16 states in average hourly wages for entry level and experienced direct support. professionals.

Cara Kumari, a department spokeswoman, responded to the audit on Wednesday after noon.

"DIDD ​​believes that auditing is an important management tool, as we strive to continuously improve our processes and operations to benefit the people of Tennessee with intellectual and developmental disabilities," he said. "While we do not agree with all of the auditors' evaluations, we have taken steps to resolve the remaining concerns identified in the audit."

The comptroller will present the audit report to the Joint Subcommittee on Education, Health and General Welfare Operations of the Government at 9 a.m. December 13

To view the online DIDD audit report, go to www.comptroller.tn.gov/sa/.

This is a story in development.

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