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Audit Of State Veterans Home Faults Medication Inventory System

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs
The Connecticut State Department of Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill, Conn.

Connecticut state auditors have found issues with the way the state-run Connecticut Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill operates.

A report on state operations from 2016-2017 was released last week. It shows the state does not have an inventory system for all medications. The state agency only started tracking prescriptions in an electronic database in 2017. 

Auditors recommend the state adopt a medication inventory system to prevent potential losses. 

The state responded in the report by saying staffing limitations at its pharmacy prevent them from tracking over-the-counter drugs. 

Auditors also found the state does not define where donations are spent unless a donor designated that, specifically. They suggest more internal audits.

The photo on this post has been updated with a photograph of the Connecticut State Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Rocky Hill, not the federally run U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in West Haven.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.