Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental
Incidents Reported by Selected Voluntary Agencies
Most of the clients overseen by the Office of Mental Retardation and
Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) are cared for by not-for-profit (voluntary) agencies
under contract to OMRDD. These voluntary agencies are required to investigate all incidents
that endanger the well-being of clients and to report these incidents to the appropriate
OMRDD regional office. According to OMRDD's records, during the year ended March 31,
1994, nearly 5,400 such incidents were reported by voluntary agencies. We examined the
extent to which twelve voluntary agencies complied with these requirements and found no
record of any investigation for several client incidents. We also found that several client
incidents were not promptly reported to the regional offices. We noted that some of the staff
at the voluntary agencies were not properly trained in matters relating to client incidents. As
a result of these weaknesses, situations posing a threat to the well-being of clients were less
likely to be corrected. We recommended that OMRDD strengthen its procedures relating to
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For a copy of the 90-day response click here.