Office of Children and Family Services

Harlem Valley Secure Center: Shift Exchange Practices

Harlem Valley Secure Center is one of 31 residential facilities operated by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The facilities house and treat youths placed in the care of OCFS by family and criminal courts. Many of the employees at Harlem Valley are allowed by law to temporarily alter their work schedules by agreeing to work each other’s shift. We examined Harlem Valley’s controls over this practice and found that certain improvements were needed. For example, the shift exchanges were not always performed as approved and required exchange procedures were not always followed. We recommended that shift exchange practices be monitored more closely.

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