Thursday, August 1, 2013

Caregivers Hired After Failing Background Checks, Audit Finds

OLYMPIA — Nearly two dozen people who failed criminal-background checks were allowed to work with developmentally disabled clients in Washington state, according to a state audit released Wednesday.
In conflict with state policy, some businesses hired the 23 caregivers even though they had past legal problems involving assault, theft, drug charges, abuse and financial exploitation, according to the audit. Officials said it wasn’t clear whether the caregivers had unsupervised access to the clients — something that would violate state law — but they assumed it happened in some cases within the supported-living program.

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