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State legislative auditors accused Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration of lax oversight of hundreds of millions of dollars in grants — including a mismanaged anti-gambling website — in a recent audit of the agency.

The state audit dated July 9 noted the agency’s inspector general referred two other matters to the attorney general for possible criminal investigations.

The administration, which is responsible for providing mental health and addiction-related services, repeatedly failed to oversee whether state grants were being administered properly, found the audit, which covered the period from the agency’s founding in 2014 through November 2017.

A part of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s health department, the Behavioral Health Administration “could not assure that certain services were provided, including mental health and substance abuse disorder services,” State Auditor Greg Hook wrote in a letter to lawmakers that announced the findings of the audit.

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