Mental health and government officials involved in reforming the Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center have been working to fix something that is broken, but they are working with a deficit of facts, the chairman of the state Board of Mental Health says.
L.J. Schmidt said, "We are working with a deficit of facts since the auditor general and other organizations are not ready to file charges. What do we know about it and when will we know enough about the facts?"Utah County Commissioner Mal-com Beck said the Timpanogos authority board has resolved the issue of how much was spent above the salaries paid to administrators, has taken depositions and filed charges.
"With our own auditing we came up with what we think is in excess of salaries, and I think you will be quite surprised at some of the figures we have come up with."
Officials plan a press conference Wednesday morning to release information about where the center stands and what details accompany the civil lawsuits filed against the top three former administrators at Timp Mental Health, Beck said.
"We are not sitting on our hands. We intend to make sure as a governing board that there is not another Timpanogos problem in our area," he said.
Eight center administrators were suspended April 4 after a state legislative auditor's report charged that they misused more than $3.5 million in public funds.
Norm Angus, executive director of the Department of Social Services, said his department has completed a fiscal audit for 1987 at Timp Mental Health and will complete an audit for 1986 within six weeks.
"With respect to our settlement with Timp, we have pretty well settled based on our auditor's findings," he said.
Schmidt said he suspected that the auditor general's office would release their report sometime in October, but officials from that office have stated only that they will file the report when they finish.
"I think we are to the point that in the next 30 days we will see information come out to bring us up to snuff on where we are legally," Beck said.