MN boosts funding for nursing home investigations
Newly signed state budget includes millions of dollars in additional funding for the state agency responsible for investigating complaints of nursing home abuse and neglect.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), only about one percent of cases reported by care facilities themselves receive a full on-site investigation. Just 10 percent of complaints
from the public receive the full investigation.
The legislature and Governor Dayton agreed to additional funding to address the problem. In a special session, they added nearly $9 million to better protect vulnerable
adults. State lawmakers say that will allow the Office of Health Facility Complaints to add 11 investigators next year and eventually increase their numbers by 23 full-time
positions. Minnesota lawmakers say MDH also needs to streamline their processes and be more efficient in their work. The legislative auditor is currently reviewing how
the state investigates complaints of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.