Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Shut down FamiliesFirst

Kudos to the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health, for decertifying FamiliesFirst with respect to reimbursements for child care. Hopefully, the state Department of Social Services will shut down FamiliesFirst’s Yolo County operation for good. Optimally, their statewide operations ought to be shut down as well.

EMQ FamiliesFirst fits neatly into what Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry describe as “vulture capitalism.” Under the pretext of therapeutic intervention into the life trajectories of neglected and abused children and youths, FamiliesFirst practices predatory capitalism in which we taxpayers transfer large sums of money to them, using the state and county governments as laundries for the money.

Instead of therapeutic intervention, FamiliesFirst is basically warehousing its captive charges and not even doing a good job of warehousing — 500 police visitations in six months, and rapes on and off the premises. And FamiliesFirst’s response is to claim that it cannot be held responsible for what its charges do off the premises.

This is way past negligence; this is abuse. We should lobby for its closure — locally and statewide!

Desmond Jolly
Davis

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  • O.TJuly 12, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    What a foolish comment.."We should lobby for its closure-locally and statewide." Where do you think the people that need these services will go? They will be in your neighborhood reeking more havoc than this town has ever seen. Families First EMQ needs better leadership to manage the facility and the people in need....there is no question about that. Without services like Families First EMQ you would be in a much worse situation. How about you speak of viable solutions vs your idiotic conspiracy theories Mr. Jolly.

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  • Fred HarveyJuly 13, 2013 - 5:07 am

    Pay attention to Mr. Jolly's advice. He sees the agency for what it is.

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  • Rich RifkinJuly 15, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    "... FamiliesFirst practices predatory capitalism in which we taxpayers transfer large sums of money to them, using the state and county governments as laundries for the money." ...... To my mind, that is not capitalism. Marx popularized the word 'capitalism' in the sense it has been used ever since--meaning a system of free enterprise in which the means of production are privately owned. (Others before Marx had previously used the term capitalism to mean the private banking system and big finance in general, but not really industry.) The problem I have with Mr. Jolly's use of the term is that, while FamiliesFirst is not itself the government, it makes none of its money in free enterprise. No one freely chooses to spend his money on the services provided by FamiliesFirst. The incomes derived from its business are indirectly government jobs, where government employees hand taxpayer money (taken by force) to FamiliesFirst in exchange for the services provided to the juveniles it is supposed to serve. It seems to me, as such, Mr. Jolly's real complaint is that its services were unworthy of compensating. And from all I know about the job they did in Davis, I agree with him on that.

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