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Statement from Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director at Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc., on the findings of the Medicaid Home Help Program audit:

Statement from Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director at Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc., on the findings of the Medicaid Home Help Program audit:

“Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is deeply troubled over recent findings by the state's auditor general on Michigan's Medicaid Home Help Progam.

"MPAS has always supported criminal background checks for everyone working with people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. We find it an absolute failure of state policy and oversight that 3,786 convicted felons were found to be employed as home help workers who are responsible for the care for people with disabilities.

"It is especially troublesome that the auditor's findings indicate that Medicaid dollars may have been improperly used when the state needs every precious Medicaid dollar to implement the Healthy Michigan initiative.

 "Michigan's Home Health Program provides vital supports and services to people with disabilities in Michigan. The issues identified in the audit must be corrected, but we cannot allow the audit findings to be used as justification to curtail the program. Michigan's Medicaid Home Help Program must be accountable to the people it serves and it must be administered responsibly.

"Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service Inc. will follow the state's plan to correct the deficiencies sited in the audit and we will continue our work to assure that people with disabilities receive the home help services they need."

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June 19, 2014