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Feds Take Over NYS Youth Prisons
The NY OCFS-DOJ settlement agreement has nothing to do with the youth. It has to do with the money the youth are entitled to when in NYS custody and who will be paid off with that money.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Jul 15, 2010 – Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York State has executed a Settlement Agreement with the United States Department of Justice, which will do absolutely nothing except give OCFS Federal cover while it steals from the American taxpayer while incarcerating youth.
The four facilities which were the subject of the investigation are the Finger Lakes Residential Center, formerly called Louis Gossett Jr. Residential Center and the Lansing Residential Center in Lansing, Tompkins County as well as the Tryon Girls Center and the Tryon Residential Center in Johnstown, Fulton County. The Tryon Residential Center is scheduled to close in January 2011. As previously reported. Tryon Residential Center is scheduled to close, but OCFS just put in close to $21 million in renovations. Stimulus Money? Bridge to NoWhere?
The Agreement further requires that prompt and adequate mental health care be provided to youth, including screening for mental health issues and referral, where appropriate, to qualified mental health professionals. In addition, the Agreement sets forth protocols and documentation requirements for youth who are prescribed psychotropic medications or who refuse to take psychotropic medications. Youth will be screened and treated for substance abuse issues, where appropriate. Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, the State and the United States will jointly select two monitors to oversee compliance with the Agreement. The Settlement Agreement and a Complaint will be filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Governor Paterson's 2010-11 Executive Budget included $18.2 million to implement reforms required by the Settlement Agreement. This funding was approved by the Legislature, and will be used to hire additional mental health professionals, counselors and direct care staff, as well as to provide extensive training to current and new employees in the juvenile justice facilities that were the subject of the investigation.
WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON
The DOJ Investigation, Settlement Agreement is a cover-up for what is really occurring which is to consolidate power over America's youth in the Federal Government, and cover up the massive amounts of taxpayer fraud taking place at OCFS.
How Do We know this?
DOJ's report only covered injuries to youth. Did you know that staff worker compensation injury claims went up 60% with a 42% increase due to assault. Did you know that OCFS submits petitions to the NYS courts claiming that the youth are being provided with services that they are not being provided, and gets the courts to extend the stays of these youths based on false petitions. Did you know that no where in DOJ's report does it mention the fraud that is rampantly and openly taking place at OCFS including the $1 billion plus no bid contracts including contracts for therapists that apparently aren't really on staff.
OCFS is already paying between $210,000 to $260,000 per youth per year to house at an OCFS facility. The Feds didn't even look to see if the amount OCFS was billing the taxpayer equalled the amount of services that were being provided to the youth. The youth is getting maybe 20% of the services being billed to the taxpayer, the rest of the money is a money laundering scheme where OCFS maximize taxpayer fraud by hiring cronies state/government subsidized entities to provide services for youth in order to regain taxpayer money through the back door (the federal taxpayer) rather than through state taxes.
Every taxpayer in America should be mortified that their money to the tune of $210,000 to $260,000 per youth per year is being paid without anyone blinking an eye at the price tag or conducting an audit regarding what services are being billed to the taxpayer versus what services are actually being provided.
The DOJ audit and subsequent monitoring should NOT be applauded, it should be condemned for what it is: (1) a power grab for America's youth; and (2) a taxpayer fraud cover-up.