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The state's Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities failed to perform background checks on all of its employees and volunteers, and it didn't adequately safeguard the money and possessions of people in its care, according to a new audit by the state comptroller’s office.

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State officials first had to get a good count of Tennesseans with disabilities who've been able to hold down a paying job before setting a goal to double the figure in five years. So they surveyed the local agencies that help administer benefits from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

One state agency is now training police officers in Tennessee on how to better interact with people who have disabilities. The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities created the training guide as part of a settlement over a decades-long lawsuit.