As I read the article, "Human Service Providers Lash Out at Planned Cuts," I could not help notice that some providers quoted had made some pretty exaggerated statements over the possible harm cutting their money could cause.
There are things that providers do not share with the public when they are speaking at public forums, rallying and protesting, claiming to be running in the red. Its entirely the blame of those providers that base their worth on the maximum amount of billable units they can charge per client and then use the funding received in ways that don't always provide the essential services. The only fault that lies within the state is that they allowed it to go on for so long.
There is one agency in our area that has been hit with major funding cuts for several years and still manages to step up and serve those in need.
This agency has a director that knows how to operate efficiently and in a way that puts the clients first. I have seen this agency operate on a shoestring budget for years and remained open, debt free and with basic essentials. That agency is AIDS Resource!
The director of this agency receives very little recognition for her efforts yet has the tremendous ability to prioritize and run a very tight ship and serves the maximum number of people possible every year. Perhaps the state should hire her to train these other organizations who cannot seem to operate within their means.
John R. Hettinger
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