Arapahoe County denies request for audit from parents of adults with disabilities

The Denver Post:  Arapahoe County officials have denied a request from parents of adult children with developmental disabilities for an audit of the community agency that manages their benefit money.

The group of parents wants the county to hire an auditor to review about $98 million in mill levy funds from Arapahoe County taxpayers to Developmental Pathways since 2002.

Pathways, one of 20 community-centered boards for Colorado’s disabled community, determines who is eligible for state and federal Medicaid dollars as well as the county mill levy funds. A business Pathways created employs therapists and caregivers who are sent to families’ homes.

The county commissioner who responded this week to the families’ June request is also a voting member of the Pathways board.

“Money seems to be being spent according to the law and the resolution that was passed in Arapahoe County,” Commissioner Nancy Sharpe told The Denver Post. “In terms of spending taxpayer dollars (to hire an auditor), we are not seeing a reason for that at this point.”

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