Capstone/Thesis Title

A MYOPIC MISSTEP: THE BLACK HOLE WITHIN THE MINNESOTA VULNERABLE ADULTS’ ACT

Intended Date of Award

2017

Degree Name

Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA)

Chair

Dr. Craig Waldron, DPA

Vice-Chair

Subject Matter Expert: Gregory Gray, J.D

Committee Member

Professor Jim Scheibel

Second Committee Member

Dr. Jim Mulder, DPA

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine whether lead investigative agencies performing investigations under the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults’ Act (VAA), MN Statute §626.557, have independently put in place a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan or a similar process or procedure for reviewing their VAA investigatory process and outcomes to provide assurances that the final conclusion reached for the investigation is based on a well thought out factual conclusion based on a preponderance of evidence. Seventy-eight counties who conduct VAA maltreatment investigations in Minnesota were surveyed for their Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan or a similar process or procedure for reviewing their VAA investigatory process to determine if counties witha QAPI or similar quality assurance process or plan in place for vulnerable adult investigations will see fewer appeals for substantiated cases and experience a higher percentage of substantiated findings being upheld. The metrics indicated that counties with a QAPI or similar quality assurance process or plan in place for vulnerable adult investigations did see fewer appeals for substantiated cases and did experience a higher percentage of substantiated findings being upheld.

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