Monday, May 13, 2013
On April 19th, we reported that Jim Gregory stood before County Council and expressed some concerns of wrong doing, which, as he stated, are currently going on inside the Mental Health Services department.
He called for the removal of Kathleen Kelly as Director of Mental Health Services, suggesting that Ross Marcus should follow her out the door. He was trying to blow the whistle - understanding fully well that in all probability he would be terminated. Well, the termination did not come (yet) but, the retaliations has! And that's not good!!! Not for Jim, and not for the County.
We are in possession of a Nor-Co Disciplinary Action Report, form #23, which shows the date of the report to be: 04/26/2013. It appears that shortly after Mr. Gregory's "open discussion" before Council, the wheels of retaliation went into motion against him.
The document shows May 2nd, 2013 as the date the employee (Jim) attended a disciplinary meeting with the following attendees: Brian Watson, Wendy Heatley, Joe Jachowicz, and Kathleen Kelly, (remember her? She's the one that Jim asked to be removed).
The document is also signed by Kathleen Kelly, who indicates: "Jim was offered a meeting with union representation at 3:50 pm approximately. Jim refused to meet without an attorney present. Therefore, a copy of the discipline was handed to Jim in a sealed envelope". See below...
In light of the document, we have to ask John Stoffa and Ross Marcus a few questions.
Q1 - Is it true that Kathleen Kelly sent a memo that essentially orders a caseworker to cut clients transportation services without discussing it with the client?
Q2 - How much input, if any, did the clients have relating to the decision that was made?
Q3 - How were the clients impacted and affected by the drastic changes, and if you will, what was their responses?
Q4 - Is it true that Ross had a meeting with Mr. Gregory, as well as five others on which Mr. Ross told Jim that we should help these Clients (most of whom are in their seventies to eighties) become independent, teaching them to take Lanta Vans, after being made dependent on the county for transportation services during the past ten years?
Q5 - Is it true that we are paying millions of dollars to providers like "Waverly" in Forks Township, and Northwestern Human Services in Bethlehem, in the meantime doubling Mental Health workers case loads, as well as cutting staff.
Q6 - Considering the possible reality of a projected forty-five million dollar surplus this coming year, do you think it is reasonable to cut these seemingly meager services to our most vulnerable citizens?
Q7 - Is County Council aware of these measures, if so, who?
We have a few more questions, however, we feel it is reasonable to give you some time to chew and digest these first.