LARC aces crucial state audit

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By Jenna McKenna

Donnie knows he has a right to dignity. Daniel is able to read and write. Frank knows how and when to dial 9-1-1. Every client at Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) has a plan for learning and achievement, and the staff and volunteers help them reach their goals.

Last week, LARC was assessed by a state auditor on the agency’s Developmental Disabilities Collaborative Outcome Review and Enhancement (CORE) protocol. In short, an auditor reviewed how well LARC’s staff was safeguarding its clients’ health, safety and rights, as well as how well clients set and achieve goals and participate in their communities.

The auditor, Gwen Williams, interviewed LARC clients to see what they knew. She interviewed staff members to see how well they were trained. And she got into LARC Executive Director Betty Walker’s records to see how well safety and training standards were adhered to.

“We passed the audit with flying colors,” Walker said.

“She was in here all day; she looked through everything and couldn’t find anything.”

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