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Audit Finds DCFS Youth Inappropriately Kept In Psych Wards, Detention Centers, Shelters

An audit conducted by Illinois' Auditor General Frank J. Mautino shows that DCFS is failing to track how often it leaves children in juvenile detention centers and hospitals longer than necessary or required.

The Auditor General found that DCFS's 38 computer systems do not all talk to each other, making it difficult to collect data. A DCFS spokeswoman said the agency is in the process of updating its technology systems.

The Auditor General also found that youth were held in hospitals or detention centers because of delays in the scheduling of meetings about where the youth should go. 

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