Massachusetts Generally Complied With State Requirements to Ensure Children Who Were Title IV-E Eligible and Residing in Foster Care Congregate Care Group Homes Received Required Medical Services.
Report No. A-01-16-02501
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Inspector General.
Published: September 2017
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This audit report presents findings from a study that investigated whether foster children in congregate care in Massachusetts were receiving required medical screenings and examinations within prescribed timelines during 2015. Case reviews were conducted for 75 foster children in group homes during 2015. Findings indicate that of the 75 case files review, 74 case files contained documentation that indicate required medical services were received by the children in foster care. One case file did not contain documentation to support that the child in foster care received a 30-day comprehensive medical exam. It is concluded the State agency general complied with applicable federal and State regulations for ensuring foster children residing in group homes received medical services during 2015. Massachusetts regulatory and policy requirements are reviewed.
Massachusetts; foster children; group homes; screening; state laws; medical services; medical evaluation; child protective services; time factors