Report: Drug Court Program Coordinator Resigns Due to Problems with Contractor Meeting Participants’ Requirements


Tallapoosa Drug Circuit Court is at the center of new allegations made by its former coordinator, who only resigned after months in his post and left making allegations against the company that is supposed to provide a range full service for only $ 7,000 per month. .

Robert “Vann” Blankenship Jr., former program coordinator for the Tallapoosa Circuit Drug Court, resigned on Wednesday November 17 via email which was forwarded to several county officials, including local commissioners and council members. administration overseeing the drug court. in the Tallapoosa circuit.

Blankenship explained in the email Polk.Today obtained that he had several issues with the contractor, Center Beyond Solutions, LLC. The drug court has paid the organization $ 7,000 per month (or $ 84,000 per year) since the contract began on August 1 to provide services to drug court participants, ensuring they meet requirements, including time spent with these people.

He alleged in his resignation email to Judge Lim and others that Center Beyond Solutions did not meet a number of requirements set out in the contract, including, but not limited to, completion. evaluations within a reasonable timeframe for those registered since September, that the organization does not meet with people for the required time in class, refuses to transport participants, uses uncertified and non-clinical staff to perform evaluations at the prison, and more.

“Failure to compel contractors to perform their duties has left this program inconsistent with the Council of Judges of Responsible Courts standards. I can no longer serve and fulfill my duties and therefore have no choice but to resign, ”Blankenship said in a separate resignation letter.

Here is Blankenship’s full email sent to officials:

Additionally, here is the contract that was signed in June and an action plan that Blankenship also included in the email.

Subsequently, in a follow-up conversation, Blankenship made it clear that he repeatedly tried to inform Judge Lim of the issues and attempted to renegotiate the contract to require the Beyond Solutions Center to respect the areas in which they did not meet the standards on a deadline for CACJ – the Council of Judges of the courts of responsibility – points to be respected.

He reported that based on what he saw as the program coordinator, the drug court is violating the terms of a grant that is used to pay for the operations of the drug court itself. This could make the county and the court responsible for money already paid in the first quarter of the fiscal year for operations, and cut any additional funding that may be provided to run the court itself.

Blankenship had also requested termination of the contract and moved operations in-house to oversee program participants.

The drug court recently graduated three other participants in a ceremony in late October.

The court is also one of the reasons Judge Lim faces charges from the Judicial Qualification Commission and a hearing scheduled for January.

Check back for more details on the current situation.

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