In Attempts to better serve ALL our residents I have been on a mission to uncover some of the real information that we all need in order to make informed decisions. This information will be questioned and I welcome that – it is the only way to get to the bottom of the problem. This have been covered up for too long.
I have tried to communicate and ask questions with those in the residential care industry but they do not respond, nor do the administrators in the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Below is part of my latest letter to Scott Livengood, CEO of Alpha Supported Living and the Legislative Chairperson of Community Residential Services Association. I do hope that he does respond to this illuminating data – not only to the questions about cost of care but about his own salary and the numerous vehicles which Alpha Supported Living utilizes.
I have gathered much information from the Certified Residential Care Cost Reports, IRS 990 Tax Returns, DD EMIS data regarding waiver costs and other DSHS costs for DD clients and also have reviewed many Residential Care Services (RCS) Enforcement letters, mortality rates for various populations and the Certification Evaluation Reports for many of the supported living programs.
From the above data I have made a chart which will be publicly distributed. It clearly shows the cost of care by acuity, the profits that many of the agencies make (and also the losses) and people will be able to see that the reported average (by DDD) cost of care is much less than the actual cost – this is one area which continues to be misrepresented and causes much of the problem. It is important to note that very few of these agencies report the higher acuity that is found in the RHC but they routinely state they are the same. By their own self-reporting, many are not even close to the same acuity. It must also be remembered that the majority of these costs do not include medical, dental, nursing, prescription drugs, therapies, food and rent.
In reality, the cost of care is much higher than even this chart indicates.
I do have some specific questions for Alpha Supported Living though:
Your salary. Scott, is way out of line with the other salaries of other Executives – even though the 990 states the salary is comparable to the industry and regional standards.
What region and what industry does it compare to?
Also, why does Alpha Supported Living have 30 vehicles?
The agency sold 17 vehicles in exchange for leasing vehicles. Who utilizes all these vehicles?
All Data from the chart in the link was secured through public disclosure or is public record.