State Audit Blasts Parents Fees

The state is “woefully inefficient and inconsistent” in its oversight of parental fees for 24-hour, out-of-home care for disabled children in California, leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars unbilled and charging different amounts for some parents with similar discretionary incomes, the state auditor said Tuesday.

In a scathing report, state Auditor Elaine Howle wrote that the California Department of Developmental Services’ assessment of parental fees is “riddled with unnecessary delays, lack of documentation, incorrect calculations, and inconsistent staff interpretations.” Read more.