Thursday, July 01, 2010

Appalachian Counseling Services Contract is Good for One Year Only for Largest LME in NC: Government 'Drowning'' Leads to Revolving Door Services

....on drowning the government (so we can have revolving door services: gee, such an improvement, particularly when it comes to relationships that are in place for years at a time for people with mental health challenges):

"Grover Glenn Norquist (born October 19, 1956) is president of anti-tax advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform. Norquist is a member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association[8] and the American Conservative Union.[9]........Norquist favors dramatically reducing the size of the government.[11] He has been noted for his widely quoted quip: "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."[26]
So, as per the bidding process document obtained from SMC LME administration, the contract is good for one year only (perhaps this is state mandated).

This means that next year, the next provider company could outbid Appalachian Counseling, thus destabilizing the mental health services again: more revolving doors (I guess when you 'drown'government, the next level of hell is the revolving door level).

The information regarding the pdf proposal is available from SMC LME (828 586 5501) and this is its title: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Array of Services: Mobile Crisis Management, Walk-in/PsychiatricCenters, and Facility-Based Crisis Seven county service area of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon,and Swain Counties.

It states: "The proposed contract term for this service will be from July 1, 2010 (or effective upon contract execution date, whichever is later) through June 30, 2011 and renewable for additional terms up to one year."

Marsha V. Hammond, PhD


Blogger Frank Miller MD said...

As a local WNC semi-informed practitioner, I will offer the following predictions: the emergency travelling mental health 'first responders' will be underpaid, and will burn out quickly covering the seven counties. The contracting organization Appalachian will lose staff and another kind of crisis will ensue, not enough staffers, not enough coverage and again we will see patients waiting days in area hospital ERs within months. Smoky Mtn LME's emergency service was very good and very responsive but this new setup will not go well and this organization taking it on will not be equal to the task as time goes on.

7:24 PM  

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