Lawmakers seek release of critical elder-abuse report
(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania lawmakers want to read an internal state watchdog agency’s critical report on how county-level agencies investigate thousands of elder-abuse complaints and how the state ensures complaints are investigated adequately.
In a budget hearing Wednesday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor told Acting Secretary of Aging Robert Torres that he wants a copy and that he’ll use his subpoena power, if necessary.
Torres says it’s a question for the state inspector general’s office.
A summary of the report released in January identified failures by some county-level agencies to properly investigate complaints under timelines required by state law.
It also says investigative practices aren’t standardized across counties and it criticizes training requirements for caseworkers who are fielding a fast-growing number of complaints.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says it’s addressing the report’s findings.