TRENTON – The state Auditor has issued an examination of Trenton Psychiatric Hospital that criticizes, among other things, payroll and timekeeping.
The audit found “numerous mathematical errors” pertaining to timesheets after examining 49 workers’ timesheets over just one pay period, the state reported.
The audit also found problems with records pertaining to employees’ leave time, with leave time still being entered into some workers’ records even though they had used up their allotted leave time or were even already showing a ‘negative’ balance in leave time.
Three separated employees were overpaid a total of $1,109, the state audit found.
In addition, the audit reported that there is still $13,500 owed to the state by employees who overused their leave time that was disclosed in a 2005 audit.
Of an even greater concern may be procurement violations found in the latest audit.
The state reported that it found 82 purchases over the last two fiscal years totaling $500,000 that violated state regulations.
Overall, the audit urged better internal accounting controls.
In its replay to the audit, the Human Services Department said it already has implemented or begun to implement numerous procedures to address the issues that include employee training and IT solutions.