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Mental Health Board won’t bail out Turning Point Counseling Services from ‘financial crisis’



Published: Sun, February 24, 2013 @ 12:48 p.m.

Mental Health Board won’t bail out Turning Point Counseling Services from ‘financial crisis’

By WILLIAM K. ALCORN

alcorn@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Mahoning County Mental Health Board says it will not bail out Turning Point Counseling Services, which the board said is in “financial crisis.”

Turning Point’s spending exceeded revenue by $245,861 in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, 2012, and $508,682 over the five years before that.

Turning Point is a nonprofit corporation that provides behavioral health care and substance-abuse services for adults.

For fiscal year 2013, the mental health board allocated about $2.4 million to Turning Point.

The board unanimously adopted a resolution late last week directing its staff to develop a contingency plan, which does not include a “cash infusion,” to ensure there is no disruption of services to Turning Point clients should the agency fail to right its finances.

Turning Point needs better productivity by generating more clients per employee, said Ronald Marian, health board executive director.

“We need Joe [Joseph Sylvester, Turning Point executive director] to provide some leadership. The Turning Point board has a [recovery] plan I like, but there has to be leadership,” Marian said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


Comments

176Ytown(1292 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow! Couple of things from this article...

1. Turning Point’s spending exceeded revenue by $245,861 in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, 2012, and $508,682 over the five years before that.
2. For fiscal year 2013, the mental health board allocated about $2.4 million to Turning Point.
3. Ronald Marian, health board executive director. “We need Joe [Joseph Sylvester, Turning Point executive director] to provide some leadership. The Turning Point board has a [recovery] plan I like, but there has to be leadership,” Marian said.

Sounds like a pretty harsh warning from Mr. Marian to Mr Sylvester if you ask me. Then what? They fire him, or they stop funding Turning Point? The newspaper is probably not an ideal venue to reprimand job performance.

What I learned from the MCMHB website: http://www.mahoningcountyoh.gov/LinkC...

- The Mahoning County Mental Health Board is a government agency with $16,974,492.87 government funded revenue serving 11, 689 persons in 2012

- "Our agencies are the backbone of the mental health system. These non-profits do not make money or turn profits. They invest in people and the community to make sure life is better for all of us"

- Turning Point is one of their non-profit.agencies, in fact it seems to be their biggest account with 4,182 persons served, next would be Medicaid Only at 3,654 persons served.

- Their 7 person staff, 4 directors and 3 support persons for a total of $742,782.93 in compensation and benefits.

- MCMHB seems to be a liaison between government grants/funding and the organizations that serve the people.

- If Mr. Marian doesn't want to "bail" then out, maybe Turning Point should consider hiring their own person to obtain government grants and funding directly, ultimately saving our tax dollars.

Mental Health is a very important issue these days, but just prior to reading this article, I read about the library system proposing $20.1 million in building construction and renovations: http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/feb/24...

Our libraries are very important, but if there is a shortage of money, shouldn't we concentrate on treating the mental health of PEOPLE before renovations of buildings especially in light of the connection between gun violence and mental health?

So, 2 things to consider in these tough economic times with huge budget deficits and mind-boggling debt.

1. Can we cut spending or postpone government spending such as until our economy is healthier?

2. Can we more efficiently spend tax dollars by eliminating government waste spent on government parties, conferences and costs related to funding the middle man in order to claim tax dollars?

http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/i...

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