Caught between stagnant funding, an insurance maze and an affordable housing crisis, Multnomah County is struggling to deliver its mental health services to the people that need it the most.
Jennifer McGuirk News
Hundreds of people with serious mental illnesses in Multnomah County aren't being enrolled in treatment programs they qualify for, according to a new county audit.
Quality of care is at risk because of the number and pace of significant changes mandated by the state.
Elected auditor's survey finds general praise of managers, personal concerns among employees.
Read Auditor McGuirk's letter, which includes discussion of an upcoming audit.
It was pretty surprising when the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners recently downplayed issues raised by Auditor Steve March about how the county cares for animals in its Troutdale shelter.
Multnomah Commissioners grilled auditors but not shelter management after an audit found problems had not been addressed more than two years after earlier review.
Problems continue to fester two years after critical audit of Multnomah County facility.
Audit shows many of the recommendations from an earlier review of the county's shelter remain undone.
Auditor Steve March says it will be more efficient to review the county’s investments in the shelter as part of a broader audit he is planning.
"Multnomah County has a strong culture of ethics overall, but some employees are afraid to report unethical behavior due to fear of retaliation, auditors say."
The Association of Local Government Auditors awarded the Multnomah County Auditor's Office with the 2016 Distinguished Knighton Award for best performance audit in the medium audit shop category.