Thursday, March 13, 2014

Auditors find no evidence CDDO agencies have advantaged from “conflict of interest”

KHI News Service reported Wednesday that legislative auditors identified an “inherent conflict of interest” in
how the Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) system was structured when it was created 20 years ago. However, auditors found no evidence that the agencies were using that to their advantage or to disadvantage competitors.

Spokespersons for the CDDOs said the important audit finding was that the agencies hadn't abused the system to their advantage, which is something they have been telling lawmakers since legislators introduced a bill last year aimed at revamping the system so that CDDOs couldn't assess needs and also provide direct services to clients.

Tom Laing, executive director of InterHab, the association that represents most of the CDDOs, called the audit a "clean bill of health," for a system in place since lawmakers wrote the Developmental Disabilities Reform Act in 1995.

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