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Statement on behalf of all employees within DHHS

AFSCME Local 4041 President Harry Schiffman and others attended the Town Hall meeting on January 20, 2016 and gave a statement on behalf of all employees within DHHS.  Please read President Schiffman’s statement and share with your co-workers.  We need your support, input and attendance at the upcoming Town Hall meetings.  

On behalf of AFSCME Local 4041, I would like to express our opposition to the proposed expansion of managed care services/privatization within the Department of Health and Human Services.

We believe that state employees who have been providing services to Nevada’s population whether it be in the areas of Aging Services, Mental Health, Division of Child and Family Services and so on, do an excellent job often times in very difficult circumstances.  As many of the members of this committee know, state employees have endured furloughs, staff shortages due to hiring limitations,agency budget cuts and yet they still have managed to provide quality care to the sector of  the public they serve, whether it is the mentally or developmentally disabled individuals, children and youth behavioral and mental health services or aging services.  We commend our state employees for the jobs they do in the most stressful times.

There are many documented cases of how privatization of public services has been negatively impacted in this country.  In Iowa in 2015 after the Governor abruptly closed two state mental health institutions for cost savings, three patients died within two months of being transferred to private facilities.  This story was covered in the Des Moines Register on August 12, 2015.  In Texas last year, a plan to privatize a state psychiatric hospital was halted after a scathing audit targeted that state’s health commission for bypassing its own contracting procedures.  That story was covered in the Texas Tribune from March 25, 2015..  And, in 2015 the State of Florida released findings of an operational audit of the privatization of mental health services which reflected negatively on the contractors. Right here in Nevada, the privatization of the Summit View Youth Correctional Center was a failure.  These are just a few recent instances of failed efforts to privatize state services.

Most state employees working in the various Divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services have committed their lives to working with needy families, with youth, with seniors and those with mental and developmental disabilities.  They provide the type of care and the attention this population so deserves and they are proud of the work they do.  They know that they are held accountable by the state and by the communities where they reside in addition to the families of those who they provide services to. 

While privatization , outsourcing or whatever you call it is being promoted as a cost savings and a way to improve services, in reality, privatization often fails, especially when social and human services is turned over to contractors.  Those contractors’ number one incentive is almost always to make short term profits without even considering the long term public interests of the citizens.  That is not good for the communities or those who need to access services.

The list is long and we hope that when looking at the big picture, you also look at those states that have experimented and failed in their efforts at privatization.  We have access to much of that information and would be happy to share that with you.

If you are considering the cost of contracting services, also consider bolstering the budgets of the agencies whose employees have been providing those services for years.  We would also recommend that you involve AFSCME staff and/or state workers to serve on any task forces or study committees to share ideas for improvement of services without additional costs or to provide input for any cost savings suggestions they may have. The true commitment of state employees and their desire to work with the various populations within DHHS should mean something to all of you and to this state.  Most importantly, state employees are not in their jobs to make a profit!   Thank you.


Download: AFSCME Local 4041 Statement on DHHS Privatization.pdf
Possible Privatization of DHHS Services Meeting February 2, 2016

POSSIBLE PRIVATIZATION OF SERVICES WITHIN DHHS! NOTICE OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS

  • YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD
  • TELL YOUR STORY OF QUALITY CARE
  • ELIMINATION OF RETIREMENT
  • RE-APPLY FOR WORK

WHEN: TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2ND  

TIME: 11:00 TO 1:00 PM

WHERE: FIRST MEETING: WEST SAHARA LIBRARY, 9600 W. SAHARA AVE

2ND MEETING SUMMERLIN LIBRARY, 1771 INNER CIRCLE, LAS VEGAS, NV

3:00-5:00 PM

ALL STATE EMPLOYEES ARE URGED TO PARTICIPATE WHETHER YOU ARE A MEMBER OR NOT.

Questions, call your Union Hall 702-431-3113


Download: PRIVATIZATION TOWN HALL Feb 2 , 2016.pdf
Possible Privatization of Services with DHHS
Possible Privatization of Services within DHHS Please Attend The Following Public Hearing: Notice of Town Hall/Listening Session Presentation by DHHS Administrators. Read More...
Download: DHHS Privatization flyer - Final 1-2016.pdf
URGENT ACTION NEEDED
PROPOSED HEALTH CARE PLAN CHANGES BY THE PEBP BOARD PEBP Meeting: Date: October 29, 2015 Time: 8:30am  Locations: (Public Comment at both locations) The Legislative Building  401 South Carson Street, Suite 3137  Carson City, NV 89701 (Video Conference) The Grant Sawyer State Office Building  555 E. Washington Ave. Read More...
Download: PEBP BOARD Flyer - Final Copy.pdf
The Classified - August 2015
A Message From Your Local President    Let me introduce myself. I am Harry and I am the President of AFSCME Local 4041. I serve the public of Nevada as an electrician at the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). I am a Rebel. I have been a state public employee for over 15 years with membership in Local 4041 for almost as long. Read More...
Download: August 2015.pdf
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