The state Department of Human Services failed to check educational and employment references for the director of the state’s largest mental hospital, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio.
David Proffitt’s reign as head of Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter was turmoil and mass resignations by key psychiatric staff. His tenure ended when he resigned in March amid allegations that he bred a hostile work environment and failed to report an employee’s sexual assault on a child.
Proffitt allegedly allowed the accused perpetrator to continue to work with children after the incident. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services threatened to cut off funding because of Proffitt’s failure to protect patients’ rights. Additionally, his educational degrees could not be verified.
Note: Requiring school transcripts and getting references are easy ways to tell if an applicant is being truthful. A little legwork can save a big headache later.