Audit Says State Guardianship Program Has Problems

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A new state audit says Kentucky's
guardianship program for adults who become wards of the state is
understaffed and doesn't properly serve its clients.

The report, released Monday by Auditor Crit Luallen, says state
government is not properly managing the personal, medical and
financial needs of its wards.

Currently, the audit says, there are 2,555 people who have been
designated wards of the state by the courts. The audit says, among
other things, that the state's average ratio of case managers
overseeing personal care to wards is up to 1 to 61.

Jim Grace, an assistant director in the Cabinet for Health and
Family Services Division of Protection and Permanency, says the
state is reviewing the audit's findings.

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