Dane County committee takes on mental health center’s finances

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MADISON (WKOW) — It provides mental health care to many people in our community, but Thursday night Journey Mental Health Center was under some scrutiny.

Dane County officials say they’re concerned with how Journey is spending its money. Some are even proposing an independent audit.

“We want to have everything out there,” Analiese Eicher, a County Board Supervisor, said. “We want to make sure that we are being good stewards of our tax payer dollars and make sure that everyone, both the county and Journey Mental Health, are doing the best work possible.”

The center had to end its Kajsiab House program due to lack of funds, something it says it has been very open about.

The committee wants to know why the money ran out and was prepared to recommend spending $60,000 on an audit.

“In terms of an audit, the only reason you’d want to avoid an audit is if you have something to hide and we have nothing to hide,” Lynn Brady, President and CEO of Journey Mental Health Center, said. “The downside is that I would hate to see $60,000 of county tax money spent on an audit that’s unnecessary.”

Ultimately the committee agreed deciding to direct county Human Services staff to work with the center to create a full report on the finances due in April.

Francisco Almenara

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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