State agencies don’t typically put out press releases alerting reporters to unfavorable audits.
The Department of Social and Health Services did today. Apparently that’s how strongly it disputes a conclusion by State Auditor Brian Sonntag’s office that it’s wasting money on medical services to the violent sex offenders housed on McNeil Island.
The audit, prompted by a whistle-blower, says DSHS should sign contracts with medical providers that frequently treat Special Commitment Center residents on the mainland. Auditors looked at 16 providers of off-island treatment and could find only one with a contract.
DSHS spends more than $2 million a year on emergency …