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Legislative auditor: Minnesota failing to protect vulnerable adults in senior facilities

Long-awaited findings are likely to fuel calls for reform to the state's troubled system for investigating abuse.

Paulette Bakeberg, 70, was physically assaulted at an assisted-living facility in Delano, and is among hundreds of elderly residents of senior homes who are victims of criminal abuse each year.

The state agency responsible for protecting vulnerable Minnesotans in senior care facilities has failed to meet its responsibilities and suffers from a “dysfunctional office culture,” the Legislative Auditor’s Office has found.

In a scathing report issued early Tuesday, the Office of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor said it found deep and chronic failures in the way the state Health Department’s Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) investigates allegations of abuse and communicates with the public.

By Chris Serres Star Tribune MARCH 6, 2018 — 11:39PM



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