NY State DOH & Southern Tier Independence Center: a $1 million relationship

The Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC) out of Binghamton, New York landed three contracts with NY State’s Department of Health totaling more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars.  Two of the contracts run from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 and one of the contracts runs from April 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. One question, yet to be answered despite the question being sent directly to Mark Kissinger, the DOH’s deputy commissioner for the Office of Long Term Care, is why all these contracts are still active even though they appear to have expired. It is, after all, 2011.

Another question is this. How is it that STIC managed to land all three contracts? While the answer to this question may well be a perfectly reasonable one, the fact STIC and the DOH entered into one contract knowing full well that the work was going to be given to a company led by an individual both parties knew misrepresents his educational credentials to everyone can do nothing but cast a cloud of suspicion over all three contracts.

Here are the three programs covered by the three contracts (the program description is taken directly from the contract itself):

  • Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration of & Outreach to Nursing Home Residents Contract
    • Contract runs from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010
    • Funding amount: $100,000
  • Statewide Neurobehavioral Resource Project (Work given to School and Community Resource Inc. headed by Timothy J.Feeney who misrepresents his credentials)
    • Contract runs from April 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010
    • Funding Amount: $300,000
  • Regional Resource Development Center for the NH Transition and Diversion & Individuals w/Traumatic Brain Injury Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waivers
    • Contract runs from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010
    • Funding Amount: $610,000

One has to wonder how many bid on all the above contracts and how as it STIC managed to land all three? Past emails to STIC Executive Director Maria Dibble have not been responded to and the current email to Kissinger has not received a response to date.

 

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