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Clinical Trials: Little is Known about Participation by Supplemental Security Income Recipients
GAO-14-734R: Published: Sep 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2014.
Some Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipientshave participated in clinical trials for rare diseases and received compensation for their participation in recent years. SSI provides cash benefits to low-income aged, blind, and disabled persons who meet the program’s eligibility requirements, and since April 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has excluded this type of compensation...
Foster Children: Additional Federal Guidance Could Help States Better Plan for Oversight of Psychotropic Medications Administered by Managed-Care Organizations
GAO-14-362: Published: Apr 28, 2014. Publicly Released: May 22, 2014.
Two experts GAO contracted with reviewed foster and medical records for 24 cases in five selected states and found varying quality in the documentation supporting the use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care. Experts examined documentation related to several categories, such as (1) screening, assessment, and treatment planning; and (2) medication monitoring.Screening, Assessment...
Child Welfare: States Use Flexible Federal Funds, But Struggle to Meet Service Needs
GAO-13-170: Published: Jan 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2013.
The four states GAO selected used funds provided under Title IV-B of the Social Security Act for a variety of child welfare services and other activities, and had different strategies for spending these funds. For instance, in fiscal year 2011 Virginia provided funding to all local child welfare agencies to spend on their own priorities, such as parenting classes. New Mexico targeted certain count...
Foster Children: HHS Guidance Could Help States Improve Oversight of Psychotropic Prescriptions
GAO-12-270T: Published: Dec 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.
Foster children have often been removed from abusive or neglectful homes and tend to have more mental health conditions than other children. Treatment may include psychotropic drugs but their risks to children are not well understood. Medicaid, administered by states and overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides prescription drug coverage to foster children. This test...
Charitable Choice: Overview of Research Findings on Implementation
GAO-02-337: Published: Jan 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2002.
Charitable choice provisions require states and localities to allow religious organizations to compete for federal funding on the same basis as other social service providers, without impairing the religious character of such organizations. Congress has been considering legislation to expand charitable choice provisions to other government programs. At least 19 states have contracted with faith-ba...
Foster Care: Agencies Face Challenges Securing Stable Homes for Children of Substance Abusers
HEHS-98-182: Published: Sep 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent and characteristics of parental substance abuse among foster care cases; (2) the difficulties foster agencies face in making timely permanency decisions for foster children with substance abusing parents; and (3) initiatives that address reunifying families or achieving other permanency outcomes in a timely manner for...
Parental Substance Abuse: Implications for Children, the Child Welfare System, and Foster Care Outcomes
T-HEHS-98-40: Published: Oct 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the implications of parental substance abuse for children and the child welfare system, and permanency planning for foster care cases involving parental substance abuse, focusing on reviews of the substance abuse histories and drug treatment experiences of parents, as well as initiatives that might help achieve timely exits from foster care for ca...
At-Risk and Delinquent Youth: Multiple Federal Programs Raise Efficiency Questions
HEHS-96-34: Published: Mar 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal programs for at-risk and delinquent youth, focusing on: (1) fiscal year (FY) 1995 appropriations dedicated to youth programs; and (2) the potential for program overlap and duplication of services.GAO found that: (1) there are 131 programs administered by 16 federal agencies that can benefit at-risk and delinquent youth; (2) 60 percent of th...
SSI Disability Issues
HEHS-95-154R: Published: May 11, 1995. Publicly Released: May 11, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on several Supplemental Security Income (SSI) issues related to: (1) SSI outreach activities; (2) the status of continuing disability reviews involving interpreter fraud; (3) the function of referral and monitoring agencies (RMA) in overseeing the drug addict and alcoholic populations; and (4) the number of drug and alcohol addicts in t...
Social Security: Major Changes Needed for Disability Benefits for Addicts
HEHS-94-128: Published: May 13, 1994. Publicly Released: May 13, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of Social Security Administration (SSA) controls over disability payments made to drug addicts and alcoholics.GAO found that: (1) in the last 5 years, the number of addicts receiving disability benefits has grown from fewer than 100,000 to about 250,000; (2) the cost of providing disability benefits to the addict population is abo...