It's About Time 
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Re: “Who are we, anyway?

Scrutiny of PPBHG, PPMH, PPIS, has been a long time coming. Most of the people in our community have no idea that they receive money every month via the Medicaid contract for every single person who receives Medicaid in El Paso, Teller and Park Counties. In exchange for this large sum of money (technically received by the partnership with Value Options, called Colorado Health Networks) they are supposed to provide mental health services (counseling and medications) for ANYONE with Medicaid who contacts them. They also receive money from the state to serve the indigent. They have been in trouble with the state for not providing enough services for this large sum of money--millions every year. The list of competent people who have left this agency in disgust over the years because they fail to serve the clients they are supposed to serve is enormous. Their real focus is and has always been to serve their upper administrative staff with exorbitant salaries, redecorating administrative offices, trips and cars for upper management staff, and of course the logos and marketing materials the article cites. Their comments about inaccurate information regarding their financials are dubious. They pay a prominent accounting firm to do their required annual audits every year (BKD) and at least one year it took several months to pass this audit as they repeatedly moved money around to show they didn't make a profit. Rest assured they make a significant profit every year as a "non profit," and their upper administrative staff are paid salaries beyond what most non-profits pay. For 2 consecutive years they laid off "line staff" (the folks who actually interact with the clients they are supposed to serve) and hired yet another expensive vice president. The impact all of this has had on these clients who deserve the services PPBHG, PPMH, PPIS get paid so richly to deliver is deplorable.

Posted by It's About Time on 10/10/2009 at 9:06 PM

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