Why Do I Think AIDS Network Needs To Be Defunded By State Of Wisconsin?
There has been a long simmering debate in south central Wisconsin about what the future of AIDS Network should be given the many problems it seems unable to overcome due to either limited abilities, or a seemingly lack of desire to construct a more competent organization. The fact that the State of Wisconsin has become more involved in keeping an eye on AIDS Network, while demanding that the agency try to adhere to a more professional tone, should have been a shot over the bow to Karen Dotson, the latest Executive Director of the organization. But it seems that over and over, regardless of the need to perform to a higher level of competence, AIDS Network seems to think that if they hunker down and take the blows all will pass and they can resume their lackluster style of performance.
This year there has been a series of media stories in both the mainstream press and numerous blogs that have demonstrated the problems facing AIDS Network, and by extension the clients of the agency. The stories have ranged from the Network not truly providing services to all 13 counties they purport to serve, not making sure the doors to the agency are locked at night thus protecting confidential client records, and failing to provide complete data about the cost of their fundraising, or how the money they raise is spent. Another complaint has centered on not keeping complete records as dictated by the State for clients. This is always explained away as being a software problem–one has to ask though how ARCW, which uses the same software, was successfully able to implement it in a matter of weeks, and the AIDS Network is several years in to it and still can’t manage to do their charting correctly? This writer would also express concern over how often the agency claims that the grant monies that were once available continue to dry up, leaving the budget more and more strained. It couldn’t be perhaps that the grant writing process at the AN is flawed?–these monies are just disappearing. They are going to someone, just not the AIDS Network. Whatever the concern, it all adds up to a picture of an agency spinning out of control–or one that has already been off the road for some time and no one has bothered to call the police to report the incident!
For many months I have kept a watch on the stories, and though I posted several times on this matter, for the most part I kept my powder dry. Until tonight. After reading a post on WisconsinHIV.com (a large portion posted below) detailing the waste of dollars and time spent by a case manager (one who is supposed to have been spending time working with clients) it is most clear to me that there is a rudderless non-profit floating aimlessly in the waters, making news only when the lack of a firm hand on the controls lands the agency in still more troubled waters. Whether it be the inability of Ms. Dotson to shake up an agency which is moribund and listless, or if the blame falls on the feckless Board of Directors, one thing is clear. The clients, who through no fault of their own, are left without services and the committed staff that they need during these difficult times that they face.
Enough IS enough.
Therefore there is no other option left for me than to come to the conclusion that AIDS Network needs to be defunded by the State of Wisconsin, and the clients that need and deserve service be shepherded under the credible shield of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. The State of Wisconsin has allowed far too much time to elapse while the ‘same old-same old’ gets recycled by AIDS Network. The idea that they are making a difference in the lives of clients is just not true. What seems to be clear is that they make a great plea for donations and assistance, but then foolishly make decisions about how best to use the funds. One friend contacted me recently via email to say, “If you are on any of [the AIDS Networks] mailing lists, you have likely noticed the wonderful full-color newsletters and brochures now–not cheap by the way–which don’t contain any more information than they used to, mind you.”
Instead of going to work for clients while at the AIDS Network this is how one of the case managers decided to spend her day…..while being paid….with the money they beg from those who are still gullible enough to give to this embarrassing relic of a non-profit. ( I apologize to my readers for needing to post some of the lewd topics below that this AIDS Network employee thought essential to write about.)
AIDS Network case manager Bethany Matson is also known as (bethlynn00) on Frisky.com
On November 9th Bethany Matson spent most of her work day posting on the Frisky.com.
See for yourself:
Monday, November 9th
- 10:05 a.m. Taylor Swift’s SNL Monologue
- 10:07 a.m. “Is sometimes a hot mess still a hot piece of ass?
- 10:08 a.m. “Beat it” bests the original
- 2:19 p.m. Chris Brown says he’ll never beat another woman
- 2:29 p.m. Boys in skirts
- 2:35 p.m. Stupid 911 calls
- 2:46 p.m. Why is Ashton Kutcher starring in a Lifetime movie?
- 2:53 p.m. Did Sammy Sosa bleach his skin?
- 2:57 p.m. Famous Girl haters
- 3:11 p.m. Chick flicks
- 3:16 p.m. Calling something trashy in a store
- 3:28 p.m. “He doesn’t remember having sex with you”
- 3:48 p.m. Chick flicks, continued…
- 4:00 p.m. Calling something trashy..continued
- 4:05 p.m. Shutting down a sex toy study
- 4:13 p.m. Chick flicks..continued
- 4:47 p.m. Are white tights ever ok?
- 4:53 p.m. Britney Spears Lip syncing?
The work day then comes to an end and there are four more posts after 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24th was another busy day. Bethany spent another work day writing 25 posts on Frisky.com
- 9:03 a.m. Dry sex should be called “why sex”
- 9:10 a.m. Dating etiquette and texting
- 9:39 a.m. HIV vaccine
- 9:43 a.m. The tongue patch
- 10:00 a.m. Engagement rings are a bad investment
- 10:08 a.m. Michelle Obama as a blond
- 10:10 a.m. Jennifer Aniston and Bradd Pitt
- 10:14 a.m. Porn Spoof internet movie trailer
- 10:31 a.m. Dudes and manhose
- 10:36 a.m. Mojito shoes
- 10:40 a.m. When to toss old cosmetics
- 10:43 a.m. Jenny Sanford’s book deal
- 10:50 a.m. Engagement rings a bad investment
- 11:24 a.m. Emailing do’s and don’t and dating
- 11:27 a.m. Fashion Peacekeeper
- 12:05 p.m. Picking the cast of Sweet Valley High
- 12:11 p.m. Beyonce’s new single
- 12:19 p.m. “Sweet Valley High” movie
- 12:37 p.m. Quick Fashion pick
- 1:47 p.m. Do women prefer “doin it drunk?”
- 1:52 p.m. Eyelash product backlash
- 2:39 p.m. Facebook blamed for teen suicide
- 2:59 p.m. Miley Cyrus
- 3:16 p.m. Fashion Runway Moments
- 3:29 p.m. Sex in the City
The question that needs to be asked: When does Bethany have time to serve her clients.
The next question posed by CP is when will the State Of Wisconsin defund this agency, and thereby give those who need services a real ASO to see to their needs?