[fcb-l] Fw: IG report and DBS management
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From: "bsc4" <bsc4 at cfl.rr.com>
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Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 4:00 PM
Subject: IG report and DBS management
> Hello wonderful people!
> I am a DBS employee and I can tell you that many, many DBS employees would
> be extremely grateful of your efforts if they knew what you are doing. If
> any of you know who Chip is, please pass this along to him. Chip hit the
> nail right on the head. We need to go back to having DBS staff providing
> more services in a standardized way. I am pretty certain that most of the
> CRP's depend heavily on DBS funding (much more than half of their
> budgets). This means duplication of office space and administrative
> costs, with less money going to direct client services. That being said,
> there are some excellent private facilities around the state providing top
> notch services. the problem is that our director is closely tied with
> many CRP's and she is ciphering big bucks to them. For example, CRP's are
> paid $56 for a 15 minute phone call to a client. Also, the customer
> service representatives in the DBS offices often do the work to help a
> client get a job. If the client has been on a CRP's list, for any reason,
> the CRP is paid $6000 for the job placement, even if they did no work.
> If you read through the climate survey, you will know that many DBS staff
> have tried to speak up about the poor quality of services provided by some
> of the CRP's. Those who have spoken out have been either fired or moved
> into positions having nothing to do with serving clients. Many have been
> threaten with termination for questioning a CRP. Those who haven't been
> fired are often harassed or bullied.
> Please note that the report from the inspector general points out that
> there was no good reason for terminating many of the people who were let
> go. Also, the contract audit states that DBS is too cozy with the
> Another thing that needs to be pointed out is that most of the CRP's
> belong to a group called FAASB (Fl Association of Agencies Serving the
> BLIND). FAASB has hired a lobbiest to take care of their needs. So, DBS
> pays money to the CRP's who then pay a lobbiest. They say that they use
> other funding for the FAASB membership and lobbiest, but you decide.
> Shouldn't this money be used to serve clients? I also think that someone
> should investigate how stimulus funds were used.
> There is so much more going on, but I don't want to make this too long.
> Many current and former DBS staff have written the commissioner of
> Education, but perhaps he thinks that the blind community is satisfied.
> If you are not satisfied, please let him know. You can email the
> commissioner at commissioner at fldoe.org
> If our current leadership remains, the careers of many more good people
> will be lost and more money will go to the CRPS for less service.
> Again, I and my colleagues thank each and every one of you for your
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