Parents of Adults with Disabilities in Colorado – PAD-CO – Brief March 17, 2017
The REAL Values and Missions Statement of Developmental Pathways, Inc.
Mission and Vision Statements and the like are always written in glowing language and glorious concepts. As a prime example, here are some excerpts from Developmental Pathways, Inc. (DP) – Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles, & Key Commitments. DP is a Colorado Community Centered Board (CCB) providing case management and services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Integrity: To be true to our beliefs: respectful, honest, transparent and fair.
Stewardship: To honor and protect all our resources.
To ensure that all individuals with developmental disabilities/delays in our community receive support.
Yet, the reality is that these statements are generally not worth the paper upon which they are printed. One discovers the true values (and therefore mission) of an organization by how they spend their money and their time.
A great example is found in the 110 random transactions (out of likely thousands of annual transactions) sampled during a recent audit of the use by DP of the millions of dollars they receive from Arapahoe and Douglas County Mill Levy Funds. (Incidentally, the audit could not be satisfactorily completed because DP does not track these mill levy funds).
Some interesting journal entries:
|$36.30||March 21, 2016 – To a restaurant, Merles, for a “business lunch”||Melanie Worley CEO, DP, and Nancy Doty, Arapahoe County Commissioner lunched together at DP’s expense.||The latest IRS 990 shows Ms. Worley made $227,746 in salary and benefits. Ms. Doty makes about $100,000 per year.||DP Claimed value – “honor and protect all our resources”
$36.30 could have provided 1.5 hours of respite care for a family in desperate need. They chose to have DP pay for their lunch, instead.
|$37.41||September 30, 2015 – Ted’s Montana Grill for a “business lunch”||Melanie Worley, CEO and Matt Van Auken, COO||The latest 990 shows Ms. Worley made $227,746 in salary and benefits and Mr. Van Auken making $184,948 sal and benefits..||“honor and protect all our resources”
$37.41 could have provided 1.5 hours of respite care for a family in desperate need. They chose to have DP pay for their lunch, instead
|$74.48||April 30, 2016 – Spoonful of Comfort||Warmest wishes delivery to family member of Board member Nancy Sharpe||Would not a card have sufficed – or perhaps they could all have put in $5 from each Board member?||“honor and protect all our resources”
$74.48 could have provided 3.5 hours of respite care for a family in desperate need. They chose to have DP pay for the warm wishes.
|$90.95||September 20, 2015 to NMSC – Non-profit Management Services Corporation – one of 7 businesses rolled out of DP.||Management Fee for 1 NMSC FTE during September 2015 to Continuum||DP has formed several claimed non-affiliated corporations, including Non-Profit Management Services. Company (NMSC)||“honor and protect all our resources” ” transparently collaborate”
DP claims that these companies are not subject to the periodic audits required by SB 38. Instead of managing themselves, and using the $$ for services, they pay $$ for NMSC to manage them.
|$7000.00||Freedom House Productions, LLC||50% Deposit on DP award winning videos||The video total must be $14,000. How self-promoting and aggrandizing is this video? Was it REALLY necessary?||“honor and protect all our resources;” “ensure that all individuals with developmental disabilities/delays in our community receive support”
An immense number of services to individuals and families could be provided for $14,000.00
.These are just a few examples of instances of financial concern found in the 110 random samples of the DP ledgers, made available in the Mill Levy audit. DP must process thousands of financial transactions each year. If we can find this many (and more) in a small sample of 110, how many would we find if we could examine one entire year with thousands of ledger entries? We have asked to do this, but have always been refused. Now we know why!
So, given these examples (and others), perhaps we learned the true values and mission of DP.