Minnesota Security Hospital allegations spur state audit 04 Apr 12

Minnesota Security Hospital allegations spur state auditThe death of two people, allegations of mismanagement, and the hiring of a hospital administrator with a shady past has brought on an evaluation of the state agency that cares for the mentally ill and disabled.

The division under investigation is State Operated Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, which oversees the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Over the past 10 years, the SOS branch has seen both complaints and documented cases of mismanagement and neglect of vulnerable residents.

Legislative Auditor James Noble told the Star Tribune Tuesday that his staff will decide over the next couple weeks what the precise focus of its audit will be, and will have the report ready in early 2013.

In addition to the Minnesota Security Hospital, the review could include the death of two vulnerable adults at a residential group program.