The Office of Inspector General, by impartial evaluation, investigation and reporting, seeks to ensure the
integrity of department programs and operations including the fair, accurate and nondiscriminatory
delivery of benefits and services to qualified state residents.

Office of Inspector General

Welcome from Inspector General M. Katherine Lawson

Thank you for visiting our web page. The Office of Inspector General works to combat and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse at DHHR - from both within and outside the Department. We have a statewide team of investigators, reviewers, surveyors, and hearing officers who work tirelessly to ensure the Office of Inspector General succeeds in protecting vulnerable residents as well as the integrity of Department programs and services.

If you see or suspect any activity involving fraud, waste or abuse of the Department's programs, please contact us by phone, email, or through the links on this page.

Offices within the Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides autonomous, independent and neutral oversight of Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) programs and operations through seven distinct offices.

Board of Review (BOR)

The mission of the Board of Review (BOR) is to preserve the integrity of Department programs by providing due process to appellants through impartial hearings and timely decisions.

Investigations and Fraud Management (IFM)

The Investigations and Fraud Management (IFM) unit has the responsibility for conducting investigations of internal matters at the direction of the Inspector General and for conducting investigations of suspected fraud and abuse within the programs the Department administers.

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)

The mission of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is to protect West Virginia's vulnerable citizens and the integrity of its health care programs. In fulfillment of that mission, the MFCU investigates allegations of fraud in the Medicaid program and allegations of criminal abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of residents in health care facilities or board and care homes.

Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC)

The Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) has the mission to shape healthy environments for clients, patients and residents within health care facilities by promoting the quality services and high standards of care that exist when facilities are in compliance with state licensure rules and federal certification regulations.

Olmstead Office

The mission of the Olmstead Council is to develop and monitor the implementation of a plan that will promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities to live, learn, work, and participate in the community of their choice through West Virginia’s compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Quality Control (QC)

The mission of Quality Control (QC) is to assure the integrity of departmental programs through impartial evaluation of program benefit determinations.

WV Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening (WV CARES)

Establishes efficient, effective, and economical procedures for conducting background checks on all prospective direct patient access employees of long-term care facilities and providers.

Important OIG Links



Inspector General

M. Katherine Lawson

Executive Assistant

Debi L. Calabrese

General Counsel

April L. Robertson

Paralegal

Jennifer A. Rutherford

Administrative Services Assistant I

Kari Preslar

Contact Information:

State Capitol Complex

Building 6, Room 817-B

Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: (304) 558-2278

Fax: (304) 558-1992