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Corrective action after Developmental Disabilities Administration leaves $25M unspent

ANNAPOLIS — After Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration had to give more than $25 million in unspent state funds back to the general fund, the health secretary says he’s acting to correct the situation.

Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein told the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday that the department’s inspector general found that weaknesses in communication between offices and in DDA’s accounting system likely masked the underspending. Unlike other agencies, DDA, which has a budget of $800 million, estimates payments and reconciles them at year’s end.

Sharfstein says DDA has a new chief financial officer and the department will hire a consultant to help restructure DDA’s financial operations. He also announced steps to help individuals and providers, including an effort to provide $10,000 one-time assistance for people at risk of a crisis.