ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Misspent state and federal funding in several localities has prompted a review of a state program that helps troubled kids and teens.
The Roanoke Times reports that Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Hazel to find ways to improve delivery of services.
Recent audits found misspent funds in Craig and Pittsylvania counties, Roanoke and Richmond. The audits attributed the problem to poor paperwork, confusion over process and a general lack of protocol as to how to administer the funding.
The Virginia General Assembly created the Comprehensive Services Act in 1993 to pool eight funding streams used to purchase services for high-risk youth.
Hazel says several initiatives are already under way to improve program, including simplifying rules for localities.