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Supervisor: Reduce funding to Southside Services Board

ED-6 Supervisor Larry Giordano voiced strong words of consternation against the Southside Community Services Board Monday night following a closed session meeting and on the heels of an earlier presentation by Southside Community Services Board Director Donald Burge.

Burge had left the meeting when Giordano strongly urged the board to consider reducing its proposed funding in the 2014-15 budget line item for the organization based on “duplication of services and money wasted.”

ED-5 Supervisor Barry Bank represents the board of supervisors on the Southside Community Services Board.

Although Giordano is not the board’s representative on the Southside Community Services Board, he urged the board to take a closer look at Southside Community
Services Board’s “legitimate expenses.”

Burge’s presentation earlier in the evening Monday focused on the elderly rather than individuals in the Southside Community Services Board’s program, Giordano told his fellow board members. (See related front page story.)

The agency has two programs at the Highway 58 facility — one for the intellectually disabled and the other a mental health program.

The population in the intellectually disabled program is very compliant to rules and regulations, according to Giordano. However, those individuals in the mental health program “are on occasion more prone to disturbances within their own peer group,” he said, noting these incidences are usually handled by the staff.

Also at Southside’s building on Hamilton Boulevard is a substance abuse program that offers psychiatric assessment and help.

“The amount of monies that are billed to Medicaid each month from Southside Community Services Board, we at the board of supervisors would like to have as part of our revenue stream,” Giordano said.

He referred to an alleged “duplication of services and money wasted just inside this one facility,” telling supervisors that until they look closer at the organization’s “legitimate expenses,” he could not approve any additional funding to this organization. 

“In fact, I feel strongly that there should be a reduction in funding,” Giordano concluded.