Several additional Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center employees were expected to resign Thursday in the wake of a legislative audit that showed officials misused more than $3.5 million in public money over the past four years.
The tri-county Timp Mental Health board Wednesday accepted the resignation of center director Glen Brown, program director Carl Smith and administrative services director Craig Stevens. The action followed the board's decision to expand its three-member board one commissioner each from Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties to all nine commissioners from the counties.The board also suspended all payments exceeding base salaries to Timp employees.
Utah County Commissioners Malcolm Beck, Gary Anderson and Brent Morris; Summit County Commissioner Ron Robinson; and Wasatch County Commissioner Larry Duke also discussed with legal counsel and state officials further action needed in light of the audit report.
"The next 24 hours will tell on that," Anderson said regarding further resignations. "But it's obvious we need a restructuring and a re-evaluation.
Additional resignations likely will include other Timp Mental Health administrators suspended April 5 after allegations of mismanagement and misuse of public money surfaced. The audit showed that administrators, some of them still working at the center, paid themselves three to four times their base salaries using questionable contracting practices over the past four years.
Morris approved the board's expansion and welcomed the criminal investigation launched last week by the Utah attorney general's office. He said he is concerned that "maybe one of us got some money" or contributed to corruption at Timp Mental Health.
An audit observation that high administrative costs took money away from client care received support Wednesday from one man at the meeting who said his son was committed to the center after attempting suicide. Despite his son's psychological condition, he said, "He received no help because there were no funds whatsoever."
The man, who requested his name not be used, said his son was not attended by professionals. The only help he received was from part-time help being paid $3.50 an hour.
He said several other patients, in addition to his son, received little or no help at the center because of inadequate staff.
"I, for one, am outraged," he said.