LAS VEGAS (AP) — State auditors say Nevada’s employment department paid nearly a million dollars more than it should have on dental care after a program for people with disabilities got out of hand.

A legislative audit of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation that was released this week pinpointed its Ely office as the biggest culprit. The report found that 41 percent of clients at that Rehabilitation Division office had dental work covered, and some participants received no other services beyond dentistry.

The statewide rate for clients using dental services is about 5 percent.

DETR’s acting director, Dennis Perea, says the program is meant to fix teeth when they become a barrier to getting a job.

But he acknowledged the program overspent, and said DETR has taken steps to prevent that.

 

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