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Aug 12, 2012

Conflicts of Interest: Washington State's mental health planning and advisory council

Photo Credit: bobverill

These federal laws require states and territories to perform mental health planning in order to receive federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funds.
These laws further require that stakeholders, including mental health consumers, their family members, and parents of children with serious emotional or behavioral disturbances must be involved in these planning efforts through membership in the Council. here  

Consumers, family members, parents of children worth serious emotional or behavioral disturbances are supposed to comprise half the membership on planning councils... There are 39 members and the vast majority of them are State employees, some are mental health service providers with a major conflict of interest--they make their living by billing Medicaid for mental health services provided to people on Medicaid.  Eleanor Owen,  represents NAMI Seattle and is a founding member of NAMI Washington. NAMI affiliates throughout Washington receive State, Federal, County and grants as well as being funded and advised by the pharmeceutical industry. 

1. Annabelle Payne Community Member 3/1/2015 Director and County Coordinator at Pend Orrielle County Counseling Services  

2. Armando Herrera Community Member 3/1/2015

3. Becky Bates Community Member 3/1/2014 Director of Passages part of Volunteers of America in Spokane

4. Carolyn Cox Community Member 3/1/2015 The Family Support Coordinator for Three River's Wraparound program with Lutheran Social Services and a contracted provider for Medicaid Mental Health Services for Benton/Franklin Human Services.

5. Carrie Huie-Pascua Community Member 3/1/2014 Was hired by Yakima County as the Director of Yakima Valley Systems of Care a SAMHSA Children's Mental Health Initiative grant project. Her job prior to this was the director of Benton-Franklin Department of Human Services. Immediately after quitting this job, she was appointed to be the consumer advocate representing Yakima County on this planning council. However, prior to her job with Benton/Franklin Human Services, she was Clinical Director at Nueva Esperanza one of the community providers for mental health services that Benton/Franklin Human Services contracts with. This agency had repeated irregularities with annual audits; in fact the agency was found to have committed fraud in the amount of $500,000 in  one 'irregularity.' The thing is, there is no way that Ms. Huie-Pascua could not have known about the 'irregularities' while employed as the Clinical Director at Nueva Esperanza.  The inappropriate billing went on for a while. As the director of Human Services for Benton/Franklin Counties, she was responsible for holding her former employer accountable, or at least stop the payments. If she was unaware, her lack of awareness is a strong indication of her unsuitability for being an administrator of a publicly funded program. Ms. Huie-Pascua, ethically speaking, would not be a desirable employee if she had been aware, yet failed to act; or unaware entirely. Both  scenarios could only be attributed to carelessness and/or negligence. In her role as the Director of Human Services, she recommended renewing Benton/Franklin Department of Human Services contract with Neuva Esperanza.  When she was questioned in regards to her ill-advised  recommendation, she claimed to be unaware of any "red flags" which would have prevented her making the recommendation. I don't find her claim credible at all. I'm still trying to figure out how she quit an administrative job unexpectedly, (just when the fraud $$ bomb was exploding) and within a couple weeks started representing Yakima County on a State committee as a consumer representative.  Within a month she was hired by Yakima  County as the director of the Yakima Valley Systems of Care. It seems orchestrated...

6. Cassie Undlin Community Member 3/1/2014 Chief Financial Officer Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2003 went to work at Tatum LLC in 2008. Hired by Gold Coast April 3, 2012 Ventura County Medi-Cal Managed Care Commission (VCMMCC) dba Gold Coast Health Plan; as of July 23, 2012 still the CEO.

7. Dawn Maloney Community Member 3/1/2015 works at Link, a program of the Toutle River Boys Ranch

8. Dorothy Flaherty Community Member 3/1/2015 Professor At Evergreen State College Social Work Native American Studies

9. Eleanor Owen Community Member 3/1/2014 NAMI Mother  

The picture is from The NAMI National Convention program that took place in Seattle at the end of June.  The reason I'm sharing it because it struck me how much and how little can be conveyed in a few sentences .  It is an announcement that four men have been given  new identities and learned skills which enabled them to do things, "by themselves."  Doing things by themselves doesn't include telling their own stories however...which is strange and disturbing. By the time I read that the audience would get a chance "to dialogue face-to-face" with them, I thought, "not nice at all, they are not an exhibit;" and wondered, "why they weren't important enough to acknowledge their accomplishments using their names?"   

10. Jo Ellen Woodrow Community Member 3/1/2014 Volunteers of America

11. Mary O'Brien Community Member 3/1/2015 Clinical Services manager for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Behavioral Health A Medicaid contracted provider

13. Phillip Gonzales Community Member 3/1/2014 (DSHS/JRA) Business Analyst at State of Washington

14. Sandy Gregoire Community Member 3/1/2015 Family Support Specialist at OptumHealth a for profit health entity that has the contract with Pierce County RSN

15. Stokely Leggett Community Member 3/1/2014 Works at Twin River Community Facility (DSHS/JRA)

16. Susan Kydd Community Member 3/1/2015 Boeing Employees Credit Union

17. Glen Ludwig Community Member 3/1/2015  

22 State Employees 

Melodie Pazolt DBHR-MH Treatment
Michael Langer DBHR-Prevention/Promotion
Steve Kutz IPAC Tribal Representative
Cindy Robison IPAC Alternate
Mark Freedman Regional Support Network
Jalane Christian-Stoker ACHS Chair
Vacant Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Marci Arthur Division of Developmental Disabilities
Bianca Stoner Insurance Commissioner's Office
Barb Putnam Children's Administration
Greg Williamson Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Pamala Sacks-Lawlar Division of Juvenile Rehabilitation
Kathy Morgan Division of Home/Community Services
Kathleen Arnold Department of Corrections
Tory Henderson Department of Health
Jeanette Barnes DBHR
Beth Dannhardt CD Residential Services
Tim Smith CD Youth Residential
Heather Maxwell MH Quality Review Team
Anita Gallagher Problem Gambling Provider

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