Sheriff’s Department

This is the second part of the fourth night. It's really long, but startling how much they do with so little.

The Sheriff’s Office and Jail Operations have a combined budget of $9.570,163 annually. Two thirds of this, or $6,360,258 is the Sheriff’s Office operating budget. Their motto is “Looking Towards The Future”, their mission statement “is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Moore County by providing a safe community in which the citizens can live, work and prosper. The mission will be accomplished in partnership with the citizens of Moore County through the highest ethical, professional and legal standards.”

Gun Control Suggestions.

After the Virginia Tech tragedy, and a recent post about David Price that brought out some debate concerning gun control, I thought I would post what I’ve always thought was a middle-of-the-road solution to gun control. Note here that I mean 1980s middle-of-the-road here, not the modern middle-of-the-road where outlawing a woman’s right to choose is “moderate”.

County Government: Night Four

This has been the hardest article for me to write. Not because of the material, there’s plenty of it. So much good being done in these departments that I don’t want to leave anything out. The problem is you won’t read it all in one sitting.

Our fourth night was a long one; we started at 6:30 and didn’t leave until 9:30, our fault, we had so many questions. In an effort to cover each department, as they should be, I’m going to do this in two parts.

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We met at the Sheriff’s Department in the new courthouse in Carthage. Janet Paris, the Director of Child Support, Day Reporting and Youth Services began the evening with a look at Child Services. In 1975 a federal law was passed requiring states to create programs to aid with the “establishment and collection of child support to insure that both parents support their children”. It just makes sense since some parents think that they can just walk away and leave all responsibilities behind. This department provides the resources needed to provide basic needs like housing, food, clothing and school supplies. Because they have access to state and federal databases, they can locate the “noncustodial parent” and establish a “Support Order” that spells out the monthly amount that needs to be paid. This can be enforced through income withholding, liens on real/personal property and court actions, to name a few.

Notes to the State Press

The head of the Department of Health and Human Services launched a massive change in mental health services on the day before Easter weekend, making rate cuts retroactive over a month. The same person yesterday released an “effective immediately” memo with another massive change in mental health services. Mental health providers, by and large private/for-profit businesses, already destabilized by five years of rapid changes in the state’s mental health reform, all had to rewrite their business plans on April 5th in response to the surprise 33% rate cuts. Today they’re again figuring out how best to go out of business.

Carmen Hooker Odom Kills Mental Health Services

Carmen Hooker Odom killed the mental health system today. On the heels of her irresponsible decision to slash rates without consulting the mental health community, Hooker Odom today made it impossible for providers to survive and for recipients to have access to timely services.

In a memo, the Dept. of Health and Human Services ordered that effective immediately:

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