Auditor issues report on $8.8 billion in federal spending in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued an audit of $8.8 billion dollars of the state's management and spending of federal dollars administered by nine state agencies.
The audit looked at four agencies: The Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Health and Senior Services.
The auditor's office said it identified problems with the methods used by the Department of Social Services a to prevent and detect inappropriate payments to child care providers. In some cases, the auditor found families that were not working the required 20 hours a week to qualify for child care financial assistance, but still received those subsidies. Others did not have proof of income or other requirements.
Other problems include issues with program oversight and monitoring. Auditors said they found that Missouri HealthNet, a division of social services, did not remove inactive user accounts from its Medicaid management system in a timely manner, which puts personal information at risk. Four out of 25 active accounts belonged to people who have been unemployed by the department for more than eight months.
Galloway's office said the Department of Mental Health failed to retain documentation to support how much money got paid to some group homes for residential services, which raises questions about whether or not the amounts paid were allowable under the Medicaid guidelines. Auditors questioned $659,000 in federal payments.
The current audit shows that reassessments were due for approximately 2,700 recipients, a 73 percent reduction from the previous year.