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City, County and ADM Board request Summit County Internal Audit to Audit Oriana House Contracts

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 02-01-2017

Akron, Ohio, February 1, 2017 – Today, the City of Akron, the County of Summit, and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board (ADM Board) jointly announced that Summit County Internal Audit will be performing financial audits of their respective service agreements with Oriana House. The scope of the audits will be to review financial, court, and client records to ensure accuracy in both billing and services provided.

“It is critical that our residents have full confidence that their public dollars are being well spent,” Mayor Horrigan said. “Joining together to request audits of all three entities’ contracts will give us a broad-based picture of all of the taxpayer money in Summit County being paid to Oriana House for these services; and utilizing a single auditing entity will streamline the process, ensure consistency in the resulting reports, and allow us to avoid any unnecessary duplication of work or expense. Summit County Internal Audit is widely respected for their thorough and effective auditing procedures and their outstanding work product, and we look forward to reviewing the results.”

”While Mayor Horrigan and I have worked with different aspects of our local criminal justice system for many years, we are both relatively new in our roles as Mayor and County Executive. As we transition and transform both the County of Summit and City of Akron’s administrations, it is essential that we review the services and corresponding costs provided by Oriana House to the County, City and ADM Board, collectively, to ensure accuracy, appropriateness and timeliness,” said County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “Oriana House has played a valuable role in providing alternative corrections as part of our criminal justice system in Summit County, and we are not conducting this audit because we are aware of, or suspect, any wrongdoing. At the same time, we have an obligation to ensure that the tax dollars of our constituents are being prudently spent and that we are receiving the appropriate level of services for those dollars.”

“We agree that it is important that Summit County taxpayers are reassured that public dollars are being used appropriately”, added Jerry Craig, ADM Board Executive Director. “Including ADM Board funded treatment and supportive services provided at the Oriana House in the independent audit will result in a more comprehensive look at all of the public funding that Oriana House receives.”

The Audit Committee of Summit County Internal Audit voted on February 1, 2017 to authorize the Internal Audit Department staff to proceed with the audits. Internal Audit will begin their review of Oriana House’s records in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact:

City of Akron: Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
[email protected] or (330) 375-2325

County of Summit: Jason Dodson, Chief of Staff
[email protected] or (330) 643-2075

ADM Board: Mary Alice Sonnhalter, Manager of Community Relations
[email protected] or (330) 564-4052


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