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Maryland agencies need to improve oversight of group homes, officials say

Maryland agencies need to improve oversight of group homes, officials say

State officials said at a legislative briefing Thursday that their agencies must do more to flag financial mismanagement at group homes — problems similar to those that went unheeded at an Anne Arundel County facility where a 10-year-old disabled foster child died this month. Maryland's health and human resources secretaries appeared together before a joint committee of state lawmakers in Annapolis to answer questions about oversight of LifeLine, the operator of the group home where the boy died. They also recommended legislative action to enhance their oversight of contractors that care for such foster children. The hearing was triggered by a Baltimore Sun investigation...

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