The state has been found by auditors for the second time in the last few weeks to be overbilling the federal government for services provided by the Departent of Children and Families.

Last month, the state agency responsible for children who are abused, neglected, delinquent or in need of mental health services was found by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General to be charging the federal government too much for the training of its employees. That resulted in the state receiving $1.3 million more than the state qualified for.

Today, the Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that another $1.7 million was reimbursed by the federal government for children that were not living at the department’s two mental health institutions.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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