Holcomb Picks New Child Services Director, Calls For Assessment Of Agency

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb has named a veteran health professional to lead Indiana’s Department of Child Services and is calling for a complete assessment of the agency.Holcomb named Terry J. Stigdon, who has worked at Riley Hospital for Children for nearly 20 years, as the next director of DCS, effective Jan. 22. Stigdon replaces Mary Beth Bonaventure, who quit after saying that she was no longer able to protect the children in the care of the agency because of budget cuts.“I choose to resign, rather than be complicit in decreasing the safety, permanency and well-being of children who have nowhere else to turn,” Bonaventure said in a letter to the governor.Former Gov. Mike Pence appointed Bonaventure, who had 31 years of experience in the Lake County juvenile system, to lead the agency in 2013.Stigdon comes to the role with extensive experience at Riley Hospital where she is currently the clinical director of operations, overseeing strategy, finance, personnel, research and programs for several of the hospital’s key divisions.Terry J. Stigdon has been named to lead Indiana’s Department of Child Services. Photo provided by governor’s office.“Terry has in-depth, firsthand experience in the issues faced by the children and families served by Indiana’s Department of Child Services,” Holcomb said in a statement. “She has dedicated her life to saving and improving the lives of young Hoosiers, and she will bring a passion for this critically important work.”Stigdon has worked at Riley since 1998, where she began as a pediatric intensive care staff nurse before taking on progressively greater managerial responsibilities over the next two decades.“I am honored by this incredible opportunity to put my experiences and passions to work as never before to improve the lives of children and families around the state,” Stigdon said in a statement.Stigdon has earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing as well as a master’s degree in nursing leadership and management.Sam Criss, current DCS deputy director, will serve as interim director for the agency.Holcomb has also announced that he has asked a national nonprofit organization that specializes in improving child and family outcomes to conduct an assessment of DCS. That assessment, conducted by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, will begin its work on Jan. 3.The group has conducted similar projects in 20 other states. In Indiana, it has been asked to assess:Are systems in place to assure that children and families are healthy and safe?Is funding being utilized in the most appropriate ways to best serve children and taxpayers?Are caseloads appropriate for staffing levels? What staffing adjustments should be made?Are DCS program outcomes appropriate for services provided to Indiana children and families?How do Indiana’s case load numbers, costs and program outcomes compare to other states and the nation?The DCS assessment is expected to be complete and delivered to the governor and the new director in spring of 2018. It will be used to inform future operations of DCS to ensure state resources are deployed most effectively so that all Hoosier children in need of services are kept safe and healthy.Indiana House Democratic Leader Terry Goodin of Austin issued a statement saying he had asked for a complete assessment of DCS and believes the legislature should be involved in the process.“If the governor doesn’t want us to take part in his review, then the Legislature must study the situation on its own,” Goodin said in a statement. “Committees in both chambers should conduct hearings on this matter, and figure out if there is a need for legislative remedies.”FOOTNOTE:TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. December 29, 2017last_img read more

Trump’s defiant campaign manager declares, ‘Donald Trump is alive and well.’

first_imgPresident Trump’s campaign team, facing a narrowing path to victory, on Thursday held firm to its predictions that the race will be called for the incumbent as soon as Friday, and said it will likely be filing additional legal actions.Mr. Trump’s aides said that the campaign was creating a website for people to track what’s taking place in terms of the various counts in different states and a hotline to report allegations of fraud.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The campaign officials said they feel good about their prospects in Georgia, where the race has tightened. Bill Stepien, the campaign manager, professed optimism, saying that people had prematurely counted Mr. Trump out at various junctures since the 2016 presidential primaries.“Donald Trump is alive and well,” he said.Not surprisingly, the campaign of Joseph R. Biden Jr. sees the electoral landscape differently. “Our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States,” Biden’s campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, said at a press briefing.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fraud accused Ambassador exposes APNU/AFC’s rhetoric – Jagdeo

first_img…“they can’t do due diligence on people they hiring right under their nose”The appointment of a fraud accused Ambassador, Dr Shamir Ally, by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, is but another indication of how the Administration operates, which further exposes the gap in the rhetoric being espoused as against its actions.This is the view held by former President, now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, who on Wednesday pointed to the fact that theFraud accused, Guyana Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir AllyAdministration continuously makes lofty statements such as increased due diligence for foreign investors when “they can’t do due diligence on the people they hiring right under their nose.”He was at the time asked to weigh in on the fact that Guyana has infact appointed an Ambassador who in 2002, had been charged with financial offences by the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).According to Jagdeo, the APNU/AFC Government, “it has set all these lofty standards” and speaks about good governance measures and the prevention of corruption but “there is a huge gap between the rhetoric of this Government and what it practices.”He accused members of the Government of being, “totally aloof,” since its members “don’t walk the markets, they don’t walk the street sides, they don’t go in the communities to find out how hard it is, how many people have lost their jobs and try to help them.”Jagdeo instead accused Government of being engaged in looking to prove the un-provable.According to Jagdeo “the Shamir Ally matter is just another one which is indicative of the way this government operates.”He said the supporters of the coalition APNU will soon come to realise that Government in fact has no interest in their concerns, “they are totally aloof.”The AFC had over the weekend issued a missive in defence of the Ambassador they had sponsored, and denied he was the mastermind in the US fraud scheme and instead claimed he inherited the accounting system which had landed him in ‘hot water.’The party said he “vehemently denied the charges, but agreed to pay the US$10,000 penalty under protest.”Dr Ally and his co-accused had copped an out-of-court plea deal with the SEC to pay fines ranging from US$10,000 to US$50,000.He was charged in 2002 by the Commission for “the dissemination of false financial information” using his company, Acrodyne.The Guyana diplomat and others were said to be “aware of numerous and significant problems with Acrodyne’s accounting controls, but failed to assure that Acrodyne’s financial transactions were accurately recorded.”The AFC said that Dr Ally was employed by Acrodyne for a short period, “from February 2, 1999 to May 9, 1999 as the Cost Accounting Manager… On May 10, 1999, he was promoted to Controller and he served in this position for 15 months up to July 10, 2000.”Dr Ally was fired from Acrodyne in July 2000, circumstances he blamed on a “power struggle, falling revenue/income and a depleting labour force” in the company.He was later charged along with two other Acrodyne executives, including its President in May 2002, by the SEC with civil action.Dr Ally, in seeking to provide an explanation, said Acrodyne prepared its quarterly financial reports “based on some actual, and some estimated figures.”He said the company would, at the end of the year, do an annual stock taking and these reports would be audited and sent to the SEC.He maintains that this system of preparing records based in part on estimates “was Standard Operating Procedure at Acrodyne”.In March 2003, the SEC had ordered Acrodyne to cease and desist from future violations of the anti-fraud, periodic reporting, and books and records provisions of the Exchange.last_img read more