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Auditor takes aim at state health, social-service contracting
Capitol Weekly

State health officials mismanaged a special child-protection program and violated the law when they contracted out for services instead of using in-house workers, the state’s top auditor reported in a sharply worded review. State Auditor Elaine Howle said the state Department of Public Health and its predecessor, the Health Services Department, spent some $2.1 million on administrative costs, or about 40 cents of every dollar they received over a four-year period.