'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The Maryland agency in charge of inspecting health-care facilities failed to conduct required annual inspections at more than half of the state's assisted-living homes, according to a state audit released last week.
Laura Howell, a health-care advocate and chairman of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition, said ensuring proper care at the facilities is especially important because many patients' physical and mental limitations make them more vulnerable to abuse and neglect.
"OHCQ really tries to maximize the resources that they have," Ms. Howell said. "The reality is they don't have the staff needed to do the workload they're required to do. ... But the underlying reality is that, of course, there should be accountability."