Agency: Several Problems With Oversight of Missouri Man

Associated Press

FULTON, Mo. (AP) – A case manager failed to make monthly, face-to-face visits to see a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found in a concrete-encased container, and the home where the victim lived often didn’t meet reporting requirements, according to the county agency charged with overseeing the care.

Callaway County Special Services conducted an internal investigation after Carl DeBrodie, 31, was found dead in April inside the container in a locked storage unit in Fulton. DeBrodie, who lived at Second Chance Group Homes in Fulton, was missing for months before his body was found, authorities have said.

The agency reported findings from its investigation to law enforcement and the Missouri Department of Mental Health but declined to release them publicly because the investigation into DeBrodie’s death is continuing, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

DeBrodie was reported missing from Second Chance Group Homes April 17, the same day new owners took over Second Chance. His body was found April 24.

The FBI, three state agencies, Callaway County and Fulton officials are all involved in the investigation into DeBrodie’s disappearance and death, Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers said Friday.

“it’s a huge case, very complex and we’re hoping at some point in time to bring some charges,” said Myers, who added he couldn’t forecast when that might happen.

A medical examiner has not released a cause of death, but DeBrodie’s body was released earlier this week and his funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

The case manager who oversaw DeBrodie’s care visited Second Chance monthly and filed reports indicating face-to-face visits occurred with DeBrodie. But Callaway County Special Services’ investigation found the visits were not face-to-face, it said in a news release, although it did not specify how the visits occurred, according to a news release from the agency. The case manager, who wasn’t named, is no longer employed by the agency.

The Callaway County agency found an oversight failure that “appears to be limited to one” Department of Mental Health client but it didn’t say if that client was DeBrodie. The agency refunded all Medicaid payments during the case manager’s time with that client.

The investigation found Second Chance had about 265 issues reported in an Action Plan Tracking System from 2012 to February 2017, including failure to file monthly provider review documents and registered nurse reviews, daily notes missing for review and service monitoring not being completed because of cancellations by Second Chance.

Since DeBrodie’s death, Callaway County agency said it has adopted improved staff verification policies, continues to work with the state to comply with its directives and has undergone more training. A registered nurse with the agency now works full time to help with policy changes and intervene when “issues with providers and clients arise,” according to the release.

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