Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Other organizations will control Council on Aging services

LA PORTE - La Porte County's transportation and guardianship services for the elderly and disabled are being taken over by a partnership of Michiana Resources and Harmony House/CASA.

At least that was the verdict of the commissioners' task force on Wednesday.

Task force members voted unanimously to transfer control of the La Porte County Council on Aging's transportation services to Michiana Resources and its guardianship program to Harmony House/CASA, contingent on gap funding from the county, until January of 2015, when the overseeing organizations can reassess the finances of the services.

Back in February, the La Porte County Commissioners and the Parents and Friends (PAF) organization reached a settlement regarding the elimination of the group's Council on Aging program.

Utilizing a total of $50,000 from the La Porte County prosecuting attorney's deferral funds, the groups agreed to continue the transportation and guardianship services for 60 days while stakeholders worked to find a replacement.

Toward the start of the meeting, members listened to a presentation regarding the Council on Aging's finances.

Ed Abel of Blue and Company, the organization hired to study the council's finances, said he was only able to review the certified audits from 2011 and 2012.

He noted that the financial director for Parents and Friends, the parent company of Council on Aging, indicated there were no "clean/accurate financials" since the audit ending on June 30, 2012.

"They really need to get financial reporting up to speed so people making decisions know what they are working with," Abel said at the meeting. His group was expected to analyze finances through 2013 to see where it went wrong.

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Other organizations will control Council on Aging services


Thelma said...

Was someone cooking the books?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it Thelma.