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Human services' inspector general calling it quits: Several lawmakerswho oversee human services praised Flood's work, with a Democrat accusingthe GOP governor of punishing Flood for unveiling CPS troubles.



 
 
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Old August 17th 07, 06:54 AM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents,alt.dads-rights.unmoderated,alt.parenting.spanking
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Default Human services' inspector general calling it quits: Several lawmakerswho oversee human services praised Flood's work, with a Democrat accusingthe GOP governor of punishing Flood for unveiling CPS troubles.

Human services' inspector general calling it quits

Web Posted: 08/15/2007 11:26 PM CDT

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/met...s.2ea495e.html

Peggy Fikac
Express-News Austin bureau

AUSTIN Brian Flood, who dug into problems in high-profile programs as
the inspector general for health and human services, is resigning after
Gov. Rick Perry declined to reappoint him.

Several lawmakers who oversee human services praised Flood's work, with
a Democrat accusing the GOP governor of punishing Flood for unveiling
troubles.

"Perry is killing the messenger. Mr. Flood did a great job of showing
that HHS (health and human services) in Texas is a wreck. Now he's
getting fired for telling the truth," said Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El
Paso, Senate Health and Human Services Committee member.

Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody said, "In this town, conspiracy theories
abound. Gov. Perry thanks Brian Flood for his service, and is focused on
the future."

The governor named Bart Bevers, deputy inspector general for
enforcement, to replace Flood on an interim basis at the Texas Health
and Human Services Commission while he decides on a replacement.

In a resignation letter Wednesday, Flood said his last day in the office
is Aug. 26. He was named to the job in October 2003, the year it was
authorized in state law.

"The OIG (Office of Inspector General) has led major investigations
including recommendations resulting in the overhaul of child and adult
protective services so that the state does a better job of protecting
our most vulnerable Texans from abuse and neglect," Flood wrote.

Flood credited "the hard work of hundreds of dedicated OIG employees."
He didn't return phone calls.

The commission in a statement said the inspector general's office during
Flood's tenure recovered more than $1 billion and led efforts to deter
fraud that saved tens of millions more dollars.

When Perry last reappointed Flood for a term ending this Feb. 1, Perry's
office noted that Flood had appeared in New York and Missouri as a
national expert on fighting Medicaid fraud.

"The Office of the Inspector General has become a model for states
across the nation," Perry said in a Wednesday statement. "These
accolades and accomplishments are a result of hard work and quality
leadership and staff throughout the agency."

Flood has found problems with Texas' systems meant to protect children
who are abused or neglected and the elderly. Perry had ordered probes on
each in 2004.

Also in 2004, Flood said some children in the state system might be
overmedicated.

The issue was zeroed in on by then-comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn,
who pounded on the need to improve the foster care system ahead of a
race against Perry.

At the time, then-Department of Health Services Commissioner Eduardo
Sanchez said Flood's report on that issue wasn't medically valid but
that guidelines would be developed for those who prescribe such medications.

This April, an audit by Flood criticized a new computer system for the
human services program. The commission defended the system.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, who has focused on child abuse prevention and has
been highly critical of Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner
Albert Hawkins, called Flood's departure disappointing.

Uresti, D-San Antonio, who has pressed to give the inspector general's
office independence from the health and human services commissioner,
said he believed Flood "was concerned about the fact he had to submit
reports to his superiors before they were released to the Legislature."

Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said some reports were
presented to the commissioner, describing it as an opportunity in some
cases for executive staff to respond and give more information but not
to directly make changes. In the instance of one critical report, she
described it as a "courtesy briefing."

Asked if there was tension between Hawkins and Flood, Goodman called it
"checks and balances."






CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CIVIL RIGHTS ON A
DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NSA / CIA
WIRETAPPING PROGRAM....

CPS Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of Child Protective Services.

every parent should read this .pdf from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com/8x11.pdf

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*

Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT
FAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...


BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...

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Old August 18th 07, 05:57 PM posted to alt.support.child-protective-services,alt.support.foster-parents,alt.dads-rights.unmoderated,alt.parenting.spanking
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Default Human services' inspector general calling it quits: Several lawmakers who oversee human services praised Flood's work, with a Democrat accusing the GOP governor of punishing Flood for unveiling CPS troubles.

Asked if there was tension between Hawkins and Flood,
Goodman called it "checks and balances."


No WONDER the politicians had to bring that to an end!!

recovered more than $1 billion and led efforts to
deter fraud that saved tens of millions more


AH! That's another reason the politicians had to end it!


On Aug 17, 12:54 am, fx wrote:
Human services' inspector general calling it quits

Web Posted: 08/15/2007 11:26 PM CDT

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/met...07.5B.inspecto...

Peggy Fikac
Express-News Austin bureau

AUSTIN - Brian Flood, who dug into problems in high-profile programs as
the inspector general for health and human services, is resigning after
Gov. Rick Perry declined to reappoint him.

Several lawmakers who oversee human services praised Flood's work, with
a Democrat accusing the GOP governor of punishing Flood for unveiling
troubles.

"Perry is killing the messenger. Mr. Flood did a great job of showing
that HHS (health and human services) in Texas is a wreck. Now he's
getting fired for telling the truth," said Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El
Paso, Senate Health and Human Services Committee member.

Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody said, "In this town, conspiracy theories
abound. Gov. Perry thanks Brian Flood for his service, and is focused on
the future."

The governor named Bart Bevers, deputy inspector general for
enforcement, to replace Flood on an interim basis at the Texas Health
and Human Services Commission while he decides on a replacement.

In a resignation letter Wednesday, Flood said his last day in the office
is Aug. 26. He was named to the job in October 2003, the year it was
authorized in state law.

"The OIG (Office of Inspector General) has led major investigations
including recommendations resulting in the overhaul of child and adult
protective services so that the state does a better job of protecting
our most vulnerable Texans from abuse and neglect," Flood wrote.

Flood credited "the hard work of hundreds of dedicated OIG employees."
He didn't return phone calls.

The commission in a statement said the inspector general's office during
Flood's tenure recovered more than $1 billion and led efforts to deter
fraud that saved tens of millions more dollars.

When Perry last reappointed Flood for a term ending this Feb. 1, Perry's
office noted that Flood had appeared in New York and Missouri as a
national expert on fighting Medicaid fraud.

"The Office of the Inspector General has become a model for states
across the nation," Perry said in a Wednesday statement. "These
accolades and accomplishments are a result of hard work and quality
leadership and staff throughout the agency."

Flood has found problems with Texas' systems meant to protect children
who are abused or neglected and the elderly. Perry had ordered probes on
each in 2004.

Also in 2004, Flood said some children in the state system might be
overmedicated.

The issue was zeroed in on by then-comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn,
who pounded on the need to improve the foster care system ahead of a
race against Perry.

At the time, then-Department of Health Services Commissioner Eduardo
Sanchez said Flood's report on that issue wasn't medically valid but
that guidelines would be developed for those who prescribe such medications.

This April, an audit by Flood criticized a new computer system for the
human services program. The commission defended the system.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, who has focused on child abuse prevention and has
been highly critical of Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner
Albert Hawkins, called Flood's departure disappointing.

Uresti, D-San Antonio, who has pressed to give the inspector general's
office independence from the health and human services commissioner,
said he believed Flood "was concerned about the fact he had to submit
reports to his superiors before they were released to the Legislature."

Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said some reports were
presented to the commissioner, describing it as an opportunity in some
cases for executive staff to respond and give more information but not
to directly make changes. In the instance of one critical report, she
described it as a "courtesy briefing."

Asked if there was tension between Hawkins and Flood, Goodman called it
"checks and balances."



 




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