Human Services levy needs conditions

It’s time to have a very frank discussion of this whole integrated county human services levy- and where the money goes.

Yes, we need to provide human services- but, when much of the work is subcontracted out to “non-profits” – it’s time to redefine what a “non-profit” is- and I’m going to say that neither CareSource or Kettering Health Network or Premier Health Partners should be eligible to receive any funding until they put pay restrictions on top management- or start paying property taxes like every other business

Would you spend $150K to get back $5.9 million in revenue? Of course you would- and where is that money coming from? The taxpayers. Note, the executives of just two of the above organizations take home over $7 million a year in income.

From the DDN article:

Much of the $523,915 spent to promote passage of the Montgomery County Human Services Levy (Issue 9) came from organizations that will benefit from passage of the tax issue on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The single largest contributor, The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, gave $150,000 to the levy campaign.

Member hospitals share $5.9 million in levy funds annually. That money goes toward the $170 million hospitals collectively incur providing services to the poor, said Bryan Bucklew, president and CEO of the association.

The levy also funds programs for children, the frail elderly, along with people with metal health and addiction issues. Bucklew said without the levy funds “many more people would end up at a hospital.”

Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services served an estimated 20,000 children and adults in 2009 with $26.8 million in levy funds via agencies such as DayMont Behavioral Health Care, Inc.; Eastway Corporation; Samaritan Behavioral Health Inc. and South Community Inc. Those agencies combined donated $38,760 to the campaign.

via Big Human Services levy donors would benefit from passage.

Is it time to bid these services out? Would the VA health system be a better vendor? Or a county-run free clinic system? Somewhere along the line we need to stop transferring money from the people as taxes to companies that see fit to engage in unfair discriminatory trade practices- like charging lower rates to those with insurance and higher to those without.

I have no problem on paying to help keep our community healthy- I just would feel better if we weren’t being manipulated by large, extremely profitable businesses pretending to be non-profit good guys.

I’ll probably vote for this levy- but, hope that before the next one- voters have required any organization that receives funding to have fair trade policies in place and is not paying any more than a 10-1 ratio for executives to line workers- which should be required for them to claim non-profit status. It’s time that fake non-profits had to pay property taxes too.

The latest ruling that says charter schools have to pay property taxes while public schools don’t- should be the first hint that these large organizations need to be reigned in.

Further reading- who is getting and spending the campaign cash?

The latest campaign finance reports filed Oct. 21, showed the Human Services Levy Campaign had total monetary contributions of $537,096, with a previous balance of $229,854. Nearly $525,000 has already been spent on the 2010 campaign.

The greatest expense: television advertising. Payment of $333,710 went to Dayton-based, Penny Ohlmann Neiman, Inc. for television and magazine ads. It was a Cleveland-based company, Burges and Burges Strategist Inc., who laid out the campaign strategy. The company received payment of $42,184 for their services, then gifted $2,000 back to the campaign.

via Human services levy campaign costly.

Note- this “team” of Burges and Burges along with Penny Ohlmann Neiman seems to almost always get this type of work in town. It never seems to be competitively bid- and why is a Cleveland firm engaged to plan how to sell to Daytonians? Burges also has the no-bid contract with the Dayton Public Schools- how’s their image changed to you?

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Shouldn’t the goal be the most effective use of the monies available?  When you are purchasing a new car do you go to the company whose CEO makes the least money?  How about a TV? or a hamburger?
Is it necessarily true that an organization with a CEO who made less would be better at performing the task?
Isn’t the real problem that the government decides who wins and who loses?  Wouldn’t it be better if we could all fund whichever organization we thought best met the needs of those in need?


I was a hospital worker back at the time when health care in general was being shifted from physicians to managers.  When I was hired, the administration of the hospital was: one CEO, assisted by the chief of medical staff and chief of nursing and head of housekeeping.  Within four years, we had a CFO, an assistant CEO, and a raft of mid-level managers.  Now, the administrators almost outnumber the medical staff, and their salaries have ballooned.
The same things have happened in education, where college administrators now outnumber full-time faculty and more is spent on marketing and promotion than on libraries/faculty/classrooms.  And similarly in a wide range of corporations and public services.
It’s the old “too many chiefs, not enough indians” phenomenon, and people wonder why it all costs so much.


It’s been my experience that most large and mid-sized for profit corporations largely shed their corporation-wide middle management in the mid-nineties.   These gluts though are becoming more common in government/education and those companies doing a large amount of business with the government.  Why?  Because there is a guaranteed “revenue” stream, no competition and therefore little pressure to maximize productivity. 


It is amazing how well a little competition can make you trim the fat…and how gluttonous you can be when you are just the recipient of other people’s money without their consent.
Wonderfully well said, Mamma, wonderfully.


Montgomery County Human Services Levy Is a Scam. I went to both Eastway and South Community and these places are total frauds. The case managers only show up half the time (no call no shows). They don’t get fired or even given warnings. The management is totally absent. The doctors said they have a compliance rate of 10%. I’m guessing there success rate hovers around zero especially since they don’t even believe mental illness is curable and they have literally no idea what causes it. They just encourage sick people to take poisonous drugs.