Audit calls on the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to enhance management of its client discharge process from psychiatric hospitals. The audit examined the period of July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2018.
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Audit Audit of the Department of Mental Health
|Organization:||Office of the State Auditor|
|Date published:||August 1, 2019|
In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) for the period July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2018. In this performance audit, we examined DMH’s protocols for the discharge of clients from DMH-funded state psychiatric hospitals.
Below is a summary of our findings and recommendations, with links to each page listed.
DMH did not effectively manage the discharge of some clients from its psychiatric hospitals to less restrictive community-based settings.
DMH did not revoke the access of 13 former employees to its Mental Health Information System in a timely manner.
DMH should establish a formal process (e.g., what steps are to be taken, when, by whom, and with what documentation) for disabling former employees’ network access as soon as possible, as well as monitoring controls to ensure that this process is followed.
A PDF copy of the audit of the Department of Mental Health is available here.
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