Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says there has been a long-term mismanagement of home care worker payroll.
The current administration transitioned from 37 home care providers to one back in January. Public Partnerships LLC out of Boston was selected to run the program.
DePasquale says some home care workers were not paid for several months during the transition despite DPW providing a cash advance of $18 million for payroll expenses. The lack of payment caused hardships for caregivers, participants and their families.
Theotis Baddy says his attendants continued to help him for several weeks without getting paid.
“They didn't want to walk away and leave us.” said Baddy, “They sacrificed to make sure we were getting the care we needed.”
The audit shows there was confusion and fear among recipients during the transition that resulted in more than 1,500 people opting for more expensive service that cost taxpayers another $7 million annually.