Preparing Written Responses to OIG Findings and Recommendations

Preparing Written Responses to OIG Findings and Recommendations

Preparing Written Responses to OIG Findings and Recommendations for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers Presented by: DHS- Division of Developmental Disabilities April 2011 Purpose Provide an overview of the written response process for community providers within the Division of Developmental Disabilities Clarify timelines for submission of

responses Explain processes for seeking reconsideration of findings and/or clarification of recommendations Provide tips for improving the quality of written responses Overview Agency Operating as usual Allegation is Reported OIG Issues Case

Report with Findings and/or Recommendatio ns Submitted to Division of Developmental Disabilities Due within 30 days of receipt of Case Report Written Response Form Findings and Recommendations Findings Specific to abuse, neglect or exploitation allegation Substantiated Unsubstantiated

Unfounded Recommendations Other issues not specific to presence/absence of abuse, neglect or exploitation Findings AND Recommendations must be addressed in the written response Location of Findings & Recommendations Sample Findings

Based on the facts in this case, the following was concluded: Pursuant to Title 59, Illinois Administrative Code, Part 50, physical abuse is substantiated against John Doe and Jane Smith. The allegation of mental abuse against Jack Jones is substantiated. Based on the facts in this case, the following was concluded: The allegation of physical abuse, as defined by Title 59, Illinois Administrative Code, Part 50, against John Hancock is unsubstantiated. More Findings Based on the facts in this case, the following was concluded: The allegation of

neglect, as defined by Title 59, Illinois Administrative code, Part 50, against Jane Doe is unfounded. Based on the facts in the case the following was concluded: The allegation of neglect is substantiated against Clark Kent and unsubstantiated against Lois Lane. Additional Sample Based on the facts in this case the following was concluded: The allegation of neglect against [Agency] is substantiated, and the allegation of neglect against Instructor Peter Pan is substantiated. The allegation of

neglect against Instructor Jane Doe is unsubstantiated. Sample Recommendations The agency should develop a written policy/procedure to establish routine periodic observation of the individuals, to include documenting such observations. The Office of Inspector General recommends the agency: Ensure all staff receive training in abuse and neglect prior to working with individuals. The Office of Inspector General recommends the agency: Ensure all staff are trained in medication administration.

More Recommendations Address John Does failure to report the allegation of abuse/neglect, which is a violation of 20 ILCS 1305/I17 (a). Willful failure to comply with OIG reporting requirements is a Class A misdemeanor. Take appropriate administrative action against John Doe for attempting to influence Jane Does testimony. This is an obstruction of an OIG investigation. Take appropriate action to ensure incident reports are complete after an incident occurs and not after that incident is the subject of an OIG investigation, which could be interpreted as an attempt to obstruct an OIG

investigation. Still More Recommendations The agency should have its recipients examined by a licensed medical professional subsequent to an allegation of abuse. The agency should address DSP Jill Doe and DSP John Does inappropriate actions of arguing in front

of an individual. The agency should define who is responsible for ensuring an individuals wheelchair seatbelt is secured during transportation. The agency should ensure staff are instructed to ensure individuals wheelchair seatbelts are secure after requiring removal. Tips on Preparing Written Responses (Increasing the likelihood that your written response will be on time and approved on the first try) What is a Written Response?

Your agencys PLAN to address the findings and recommendations Not necessary to complete all steps prior to submission Must be submitted within 30 days of receipt of the case report Not necessary to submit evidence of completion (unless requested to do so) Must include: Action step for each FINDING and RECOMMENDATION Person responsible for implementation Start and end dates

Narrative action steps not simply copies of documentation Must be submitted on Written Response form (or reasonable facsimile) SEE ATTACHED acceptable only if attachments are easily linked to each of the OIG findings/recommendations Suggestion: In order to better link agency response to findings/recommendations, it is suggested that agencies number each finding/recommendation and use corresponding number with each action step. If more than one action step for a given finding and/or recommendation, use number and letter (1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, etc.)

If documentation is submitted, use the same numbering system to identify attached documentation and clearly link it to the action steps Do you disagree with findings or recommendations?

The Division of Developmental Disabilities does not have the authority to change findings or recommendations made by OIG. The written response process is not the forum to disagree with the findings/recommendations. When appropriate, seek reconsideration (of findings) or clarification (of recommendations). If OIG accepts request for reconsideration, response is due 15 days after decision is rendered. While reconsideration/clarification is pending, must assume finding is still valid and protective measures must be taken. If reconsideration/clarification is not appropriate, then your agency must submit a written response to address the issues.

Do you believe your agencys policies and/or procedures already address the recommendations? The fact that a problem occurred (even though policies and procedures were already in place) means that additional action is required. Timing of Corrective Action Agency Operating as usual XO

Allegation is Reported OIG Issues Case Report with Findings and/or Recommendatio ns When preparing the Written Response, consider only those actions implemented AFTER the discovery of the event. The agencys usual operations will not suffice as corrective action without other actions to enhance/support past practice. Other Reminders

Staff named in findings or recommendations may not be the person(s) responsible for implementing corrective actions. If multiple staff are named in the finding or recommendation, ensure that the response includes action taken with each of them. If a staff person named in a finding or recommendation is no longer employed at the agency, no action is needed. However, the response must indicate that the

employee is no longer employed AND indicate the reason for separation and the date of separation. Must indicate on the written response form any steps already taken (even if action is described within the case report). Agency Signatures Only the Authorized Representative may sign the written response. (A person with signature authority may sign on behalf of the Authorized Representative.) If the Executive Director/CEO (Authorized Representative) is named in findings/recommendations, a representative from the agencys Board of Directors must sign the written response.

Response Sample OIG Findings/ Recommendations The allegation of mental abuse against Jack Jones is substantiated. The agency should develop a written policy/procedure to establish routine periodic observation of the individuals, to include documenting

such observations. Ensure all staff receive training in abuse and neglect prior to working with individuals. Service Provider Response Person(s) Responsible Dates for Implementation/ Completion

OIG Findings/ Recommendations 1 2 3 The allegation of mental abuse against Jack Jones is substantiated. The agency should develop a written policy/procedure to establish routine periodic observation

of the individuals, to include documenting such observations. Ensure all staff receive training in abuse and neglect prior to working with individuals. Service Provider Response 1a. Jack Jones received retraining in appropriate interactions and in abuse and neglect.

1b. Jack Jones supervisor conducted 3 unannounced observations in the home to confirm interactions were appropriate. 2. The agency has a policy that addresses such observations and documentation. Following this incident, the policy was reviewed, found to be appropriate and no revisions were required. All staff

were retrained on the policy. Continued on next Person(s) Responsible Dates for Implementation/ Completion 1a. Tammy Trainer, Training Coordinator 3/1/11 3/1/11

1b. Sam Supervisor, Home Manager 3/2/11 3/25/11 2. Daniel Director, Executive Director and Tammy Trainer, Training Coordinator 3/5/11 3/20/11

3. All new employees will complete pre-service training and orientation (inclusive of abuse and neglect identification and reporting) prior to working directly with persons receiving services. Person Responsible: Tammy Trainer, Training Coordinator Dates for Implementation/Completion: Effective 3/1/11 and ongoing. Acceptable Responses (Findings)

Based on the facts in this case, the following was concluded: Pursuant to Title 59, Illinois Administrative Code, Part 50, physical abuse is substantiated against, John Doe and Jane Smith. The only acceptable response for substantiated physical abuse is DISCHARGE. (Discharge also required for sexual abuse and egregious neglect.) If agency or employee appeals placement on the Health Care Worker Registry, agency may chose to assign employee to a non-direct care role until the appeal decision is received. Note that the appeal does not change the finding. The appeal only addresses the issue of whether or not it warrants placement on the Health Care Worker Registry.

The allegation of mental abuse against Jack Jones is substantiated. Type of action is at the agencys discretion. Be sure to consider severity of the offense, previous problems, training already received, etc. Some type of action is required. DDD reviews the case report as part of the process of approving written responses. Based on the facts in the case the following was concluded: The allegation of neglect is substantiated against Clark Kent and unsubstantiated against Lois Lane. No action required for unsubstantiated allegations. For neglect (non-egregious), action is at the agencys

discretion. See notes above. Acceptable Responses (Findings) Based on the facts in this case the following was concluded: The allegation of neglect against [Agency] is substantiated, and the allegation of neglect against Instructor Peter Pan is substantiated. The allegation of neglect against Instructor Jane Doe is unsubstantiated. Neglect by agency typically requires analysis of systemic issues contributing to the neglect and action should address those systemic issues. See previous information for required action for employees with substantiated neglect finding.

Additional Information Regarding Substantiated Neglect Egregious neglect requires discharge of the employee. Egregious nature of neglect does not appear on the written response form. Finding will simply say substantiated neglect.

Must review case report to determine if neglect is egregious. Acceptable Responses (Recommendations) The Office of Inspector General recommends the agency: Ensure all staff are trained in medication administration. The agency should have its recipients examined by

a licensed medical professional subsequent to an allegation of abuse. The agency should address DSP Jill Doe and DSP John Does inappropriate actions of arguing in front of an individual. The agency should define who is responsible for ensuring an individuals wheelchair seatbelt is secured during transportation. Acceptable Responses (Recommendations)

Address John Does failure to report the allegation of abuse/neglect, which is a violation of 20 ILCS 1305/I17 (a). Willful failure to comply with OIG reporting requirements is a Class A misdemeanor. Take appropriate administrative action against John Doe for attempting to influence Jane Does testimony. This is an obstruction of an OIG investigation. Take appropriate action to ensure incident reports are completed after an incident occurs and not after that incident is the subject of an OIG investigation, which could be interpreted as an attempt to obstruct an OIG investigation. Contact Information Debbi Garrett-Smith 319 East Madison Suite 4J Springfield, IL 62701 Phone: (217) 557-7410

Fax: (217) 782-9444 [email protected] or Jayma Tucker Phone: (217) 785-6172 [email protected] Questions?

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