The Blogmeister was aware of this story, but was not going to post on it. It seemed like a personnel issue at first and frankly posting would just be in bad taste. However, more information is available from this Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial that appears to highlight more problems than just personnel.
Background: Last week Alcohol Abuse Deterrent Program (AADP) head Terry Yeiter was asked to step down by his board. It was thought there was some mismanagement of the medication at the program sites. In fact, it appeared there was, as an audit showed more medication on hand than was supposed to be there.
First, the Blogmeister wonders if anyone contacted the Drug Enforcement Agency about this? More history from the editorial;
“AADP was established to provide an aversion-therapy alternative to incarceration for repeat drunken-driving offenders. Court-ordered participants take Antabuse, the brand name for disulfiram, which blocks the body’s ability to process alcohol and causes discomfort or illness when taken in combination with alcohol. Last year, AADP administered Antabuse or breath tests to about 1,500 people a week. Offenders are required to pay for treatment.”
Second, is this really treatment, or Chemical Restraint?
The editorial goes on to wonder, “Certainly, AADP is a less-costly alternative to locking up repeat DWI offenders, but is it the most cost-effective alternative? Do the medical and constitutional questions about Antabuse treatment warrant its continued use? The program has been the subject of legal challenges, and there are questions about the drug’s effect on the liver.
Allen Circuit Judge Thomas J. Felts, who orders some offenders to the program, said that he is re-evaluating the best course for felony drunken-driving cases in light of the developments at AADP but said the program has been doing a good job in spite of the director’s departure.”
In addition, questions about how much money was made linger, “Questions about the program’s cost have long circulated. According to figures from the 990 form filed with the Internal Revenue Service, Yeiter earned $73,170 in 2006. That amount was down from 2005, when he earned $85,239 in salary and benefits and 2004, when he earned $91,897. Five other AADP employees earned more than $57,000 in 2006, and contracts for medical and legal services totaled more than $319,000.”
The Blogmeister joins with the Journal Gazette in calling for a reevaluation of the program from top to bottom. The board of the program has agreed to do this, to their credit, but the Blogmeister feels more effort should be put into treatment, with qualified counselors and therapists, instead of the continued use of Antabuse. One reason the program is successful is many physicians refuse to prescribe the drug due to the above physical concerns, so this is one of the few places Judges can order an offender to get the drug. Second, the amount of money spent on salaries is outrageous for a nonprofit program. It is programs such as this that give nonprofits a bad reputation for abusing their legal status and not paying their share of taxes.