State Facility Mismanages Money of Disabled Residents

ALEXANDER, Ark. (AP) - Mismanagement of a spending account maintained for developmentally disabled residents at the Alexander Human Development Center has contributed to residents being charged $100 for lunches and for items such as tobacco that they did not use. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state Department of Human Services, the Arkansas State Police and the state Legislative Audit Division are each reviewing the records of the so-called client trust fund set up at the center with money from each resident's Social Security check or payments for work they've done, such as stuffing envelopes. The residents use the money for small expenses, such as snacks or entertainment on off-campus outings.

A draft report of DHS auditors says they have been unable to figure out exactly where money in the fund went because of missing and inaccurate records. The agency has had to transfer $61,500 into the account to keep it in the black.

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