Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tiny Service Provider Sues McHenry County Mental Board
Ellis said he couldn't talk about the case and referred FEN to Board Attorney Frank Gosser. "He's our spokesman on this issue," he said. But Gosser, too, declined comment, citing lawyer rules against public comments that might interfere with legal proceedings. Besides, he said, "We just got it."
Crytal Lake-based TAG, one of the Mental Health Board's smaller service providers, charged MHB began auditing its cases earlier this Spring, making up rules on the fly, then flunking TAG for not following them for the past three years. "We just had a State audit Friday," said Owens. "We passed with flying colors."
The lawsuit caps six months of Mental Health Board problems including the implosion of major provider Family Service, the collapse of an MHB-brokered rescue plan, the sudden resignation of the Board's three top execs and Monday's newly-revealed resignation of a Board member citing conflicts of interest.
TAG's complaint doesn't say why the $14 million per year Mental Health Board would suddenly use a "warchest" to exterminate a six-person treatment agency. Owens said that's because she doesn't know. "I wish I did," she said.