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Improved Fiscal and Quality Oversight Is Needed for the Independent Living Program, Report No. 07-11, February 2007
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  • The Department of Children and Families needs to improve fiscal oversight of the Independent Living program to ensure that program resources are used as intended and in compliance with state and federal guidelines.  For example, some Fiscal Year 2005-06 data indicates many lead agencies exceeded federal per-client spending limits; however, the department lacks the capability to determine whether this actually occurred.  At the same time, some lead agencies did not spend all of the funds earmarked for the program, including federal funds.  The department did not have accurate and timely information needed to detect that lead agencies were not spending program resources as intended, but has since made changes that should make this information more readily available.
  • The department lacks the information necessary to ensure lead agencies provide the statutorily mandated array of services to 13-17-year-olds.  Department and lead agency oversight tools do not fully assess the services provided to this population and rarely assess the services provided to the 18 and older population.  In addition, while the department has made some progress, it has not yet finished developing contractual standards and outcome measures for the Independent Living program as directed by the Legislature.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-30 DCF Has Improved Some Aspects of Independent Living Program Oversight; Other Long-Standing Problems Remain,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 05-61 Improvements in Independent Living Services Will Better Assist State’s Struggling Youth, published in December 2005.
  • Report No. 05-12 OPPAGA Report: Child Welfare Transition Nearly Complete; Budget Allocation and Oversight Systems Need Strengthening, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 04-78 OPPAGA Report: Independent Living Minimum Standards Recommended for Children in Foster Care, published in November 2004.
  • Report No. 04-65 OPPAGA Report: DCF Improves Readiness Assessment Process; However, Additional Changes Are Needed, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-15 Special Report: DCF’s Lead Agency Readiness Assessment Process Meets Statutory Requirements, But Needs Strengthening, published in February 2004.

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