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Pennsylvania failed to properly monitor companies that work with people with intellectual disabilities
Also, reflections on Harrisurg's late Mayor Stephen Reed
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found that Pennsylvania failed to properly monitor companies that work with people with intellectual disabilities. The Inspector General said critical incidents were not reported as required. Critical incidents involve things like abuse, neglect, an emergency room visit or the death of a person with an intellectual disability who receives Medicaid benefits.
In 2015 and 2016, two people died and the deaths weren’t reported. As a result, the state couldn’t follow up and law enforcement couldn’t investigate.
WITF’s Transforming Health reporter Brett Sholtis has written about the reports and appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to provide more details.
Also on Smart Talk – reflections on the life of former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed who died last Saturday. Mayor Reed was arguably one of the most influential people in central Pennsylvania over the past 50 years. Sharing their thoughts are John Luciew, as a reporter with The Patriot News he covered Harrisburg during Reed’s tenure; Randy King, former press secretary for Reed; Fred Clark, former chair of the Harrisburg authority and former director of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District; Democratic State Representative Patty Kim of Dauphin County and a former Harrisburg City Councilwoman.