Audit: Hawaii agency failed to inspect adult care homes

HONOLULU — Auditors say the Hawaii agency tasked with regulating adult care homes issued licenses to many without completing inspections.

The Office of the Auditor examined 214 of the 493 care homes licensed by the state Office of Health Care Assurance last year, finding about half were allowed to operate with either an expired license or a license “hastily issued before all required steps” were completed.

State Auditor Les Kondo says in the report that the agency’s objective was to keep care homes going and “not to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the facilities’ residents as mandated by statute.”

State Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson says the department has corrected the deficiencies, and the report does not reflect current conditions.

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