CDS announces new partnership

CDS announces new partnership

Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:00 pm

The board of directors of Martin-based Community Developmental Services Inc. has confirmed a new partnership with St. John’s Community Services of West Tennessee to manage the agency in the near future.
The possible end goal of CDS becoming a part of the SJCS network of services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, according to a news release.
At a recent meeting, the CDS board heard the findings of a review conducted by SJCS. SJCS president and chief executive officer Tom Wilds, Tennessee state director Julia Bratcher and managing director Doug Clark presented the findings and possible immediate actions at the meeting while chief operating officer Genni Sasnett and chief financial officer Paul Houston joined by conference call.
CDS has been troubled financially for some years by the rising cost of providing services demanded by the state while realizing a decreasing revenue stream, according to the release.
“It is happening everywhere. Governments are pulling back funds and demanding the same or higher services. CDS is not the first agency to have trouble and it won’t be the last,” Wilds said.
“The good will of the people of this area and their financial gifts could not pull us out of this ditch,” CDS board chairman Wayne Bailey said.
The findings revealed some clients with lower levels of need (the basis of state funding for services) that may be raised to increase revenue, a top-heavy indirect cost structure and a lack of attention to short-term budgeting and long-range planning.
Clark, a former assistant management director in the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services, has taken over the day-to-day operations of CDS. Longtime CDS executive director Cathy Cate was recently released.
“Changes are immediately necessary to get this ship off the bottom of the river,” Clark said.
SJCS is a non-profit, community-based organization which supports children and adults with intellectual, developmental, physical and other disabilities.
More information about SJCS can be found on its website, www.sjcs.org.

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