In our ongoing effort to review any and all issues that are impacting our local property taxes, we thought that we would look at the issue of increasing drug use in our community. Our property taxes are used by the ADAMHS Board, Police Departments, the Crime lab, and probably many other governmental and “non-profits” entities to address the growing drug problem impacting many citizens in the community.
We are spending billions of dollars nationwide in treating people with drug addictions, but many Americans find it reprehensible to use any and all means to stop the supply of illicit drugs – it makes absolutely no sense to us. Here are three solutions that we believe will drastically impact the flow of drugs into our community, and make our communities safer.
******Stop Dispensing****** ***** Build a Wall***** ***Support Law Enforcement***
One of the Lake County’s non-profit agencies treating drug addiction is the Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. We have followed their financial progress for the last couple of years. We are looking for their support to stop the flow of drugs into our community.
We sent the following email to Ms. Melanie Blasko, Executive Director of the Lake-Geauga Recovery Center. We provided copies of the email to our Lake County Commissioners, County Administrator, Finance Director, and Ms. Kim Fraser, Executive Director of the ADAMHS Board.
We have reviewed your Form 990 for the fiscal year ended 6/30/17, and we commend you for another stellar year of financial performance. Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers constantly exceeds a 10% profit margin each year.
Year Revenue Profit %
FY 2012 $2,514,885 $379,164 15.1
FY 2013 $2,549,724 $285,540 11.2
FY 2014 $3,196,847 $577,481 18.1
FY 2015 $3,998,298 $999,630 25.0
FY 2016 $4,116,355 $567,110 13.8
FY 2017 $4,526,798 $485,32910.7
Totals $20,902,907 $3,294,254 15.6%
We have known many “for profit” business owners, who have risked their entire personal net worth in their business, that would have “sold their souls” for those profit margins.
We were wondering if LGRC is contemplating accepting less contributions from the ADAMHS Board, since it seems you have found the correct formula to make money.
There are many other “non-profits” that could use more help from the ADAMHS Board, such as the Forbes House that receives no funding at all.
We noticed that you accept food stamps in payment for services rendered. Is there a story behind why you accept food stamps from clients? We, naively, thought that food stamps were supposed to buy food.
From your Form 990, we found your mission statement: “Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers aspires to provide premier behavioral healthcare services. We strive for excellence through proven practices and for leadership in partnering with community organizations to work toward an addiction-free society.”
While that is a very notable goal, we believe that you should be working to put yourselves out of business, or drastically reduce the need for your services, thereby using less of the taxpayers’ money. There are three public policies that, if they are not currently supported, we hope that LGRC would consider supporting:
1. Stop the medical community from dispensing opioids in such a cavalier fashion, and replace them with non-addictive pain killers.
2. Build a barrier along our nation’s Southern border to stem the tide of illegal drugs.
3. Encourage local police departments to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
We have attached an article from Judicial Watch that illustrates the routes of illegal drug activities. Please note the last sentence of the article: “But Farrell says that “the dirty little secret” about the nation’s opioid epidemic is that it is “leveraged by corrupt public officials” who either turn a blind eye as the cartels smuggle truckloads of heroin into the U.S. or actively help them distribute their deadly product to every corner of the nation.” We are sure that you would agree that this is a very damning statement of our public officials.
We would also suggest that LGRC adopt a written public policy to ask all local police departments to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement in removing from our communities those that are distributing these illicit drugs.
To us, it is only common sense that we stop the dispensing of the highly addictive drugs; we then stop the inflow of the illicit drugs into our country, and support the law enforcement officials, who are doing their duty to uphold the drug laws currently in place, in order to protect the citizens of the community.
Thank you, we wait for your response.
Here are select pages from their Form 990 for the year ended June 30, 2017: