Mendocino County Supervisor Candidate, Sakowicz, Challenges RCS in Letter to Editor
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To the Editor:
Let’s face it: Redwood Community Services (RCS) has a monopoly on our county mental health services, and monopolies are bad business models in any marketplace.
But as a candidate for the Board of Supervisors, I’m getting hammered on the campaign trail for asking for a simple review of RCS and all of our county’s other mental health service providers.
If elected to the Board of Supervisors, I’m specifically asking for an “Independent Financial Audit” of RQMC, RCS, RC3, and their subcontractors.
I want to know: Where does the money go? All those millions?
Also, I’m asking for a “Mental Health Outcomes Study” for RQMC, RCS, RC3, and their subcontractors.
Knowing our Mental Health Outcomes will allow Mendocino County to compare our outcomes and provider performance to those of similar providers in neighboring counties.
We need “Data We Can Use”. I’ll explain.
An independent third-party must conduct a thorough analysis of all data collected about all our county’s mental health service providers, especially RQMC, RCS, and RC3, and present that data in streamlined, easy to understand reports to the Board of Supervisors that will provide them with actionable items to support their performance improvement efforts.
Is this too much to ask?
As a private citizen, I’ll sue for this data, if I must. It’s public information about public money.
John Sakowicz, Candidate, Mendocino County 1st District Supervisor