To ensure that district offices consistently investigate complaints and include all relevant documentation in the complaint files, Health Services should clarify its policies and procedures, provide training as necessary, and periodically monitor district office performance to ensure compliance. At a minimum, Health Services should ensure that each complaint file includes a workload report (timesheet), an investigation report, and copies of both letters sent to complainants.
Health Services has addressed two of the four bulleted recommendations by instituting a quality assurance process for its complaint investigations. Specifically, Health Services quality assurance process includes peer reviews to ensure that complainants receive timely notification at the initiation and conclusion of investigations. Further, this process includes reviewing the quality of the investigations performed, such as ensuring that its staff properly investigate complaints and issue citations that are adequately supported by the evidence. (2009-406, p. 17)
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