Den­ver au­dit’s find­ing of fis­cal mis­man­age­ment at non­profit RMHS

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Dick Markley, Ed Selby,

The sit­u­a­tion at Rocky Moun­tain Hu­man Ser­vices is ter­ri­ble and must be ad­dressed. How­ever, all of Colorado’s com­mu­nity-cen­tered boards (CCBs) should not be painted with the same brush.

De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties Re­source Cen­ter is the CCB that serves Jef­fer­son County. DDRC has worked with Jef­fco County com­mis­sion­ers since shortly af­ter our found­ing in 1964 and has been com­pletely open with stake­hold­ers and gov­ern­ment. For ex­am­ple: We never use mill-levy money for in­di­vid­u­als out­side Jef­fco. The board ap­proves the an­nual bud­get and re­views fi­nan­cial state­ments monthly. The board meet­ing agenda in­cludes two times for any­one to speak to the board.

Eleven of 16 per­sons on the board are fam­ily mem­bers of a per­son with a de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­ity or who have a de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­ity Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331. Fol­low us on Face­book: www.face­book.com/Den­verPostOpin­ion; fol­low us on Twit­ter: @den­veropin­ion them­selves.

The DDRC web­site (www.ddr­cco.com) con­tains all meet­ing no­tices and the an­nual fi­nan­cial au­dit.

Elec­tion of a por­tion of the board by fam­ily mem­bers is held at the an­nual meet­ing and ad­ver­tised in ad­vance.

Ar­vada The writer is a mem­ber of the De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties Re­source Cen­ter’s board.

BBB Re­gard­ing the Rocky Moun­tain Hu­man Ser­vices de­ba­cle, I of­fer an old quote by Thomas Sow­ell:

“It is hard to imag­ine a more stupid or more dan­ger­ous way of making de­ci­sions than by putting those de­ci­sions in the hands of peo­ple who pay no price for be­ing wrong.”

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