Rock County cuts ties with birth-to-3 provider CESA 2

Rock County cuts ties with birth-to-3 provider CESA 2
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The Rock County Human Services committee made the decision Wednesday night to cut ties with CESA 2, an agency that provides in-home care to children under the age of 3 with disabilities.

Tonight the Rock County Human Services Board will be discussing whether a contract for a program that provides help to 0-3 year olds with disabilities could go to someone else than the current provider.

It’s expected to be a lengthy public comment- details to follow #News3Now

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According to Kate Luster, director of human services, the issues began when the county could not reach a contract agreement with the group.

“Earlier this year, we were notified by the CESA 2 administration that if we couldn’t reach terms on a contract per their request, that they may stop services,” Luster said.

At a meeting Wednesday night, Luster explained that the discrepancies between the two groups started after CESA 2 asked for more money than its contract entailed.

The group said this was an abnormality caused by several employees being on maternity leave.

Since then, the two groups haven’t been able to come to an agreement.

“I don’t feel like they truly even know the process that we go through,” said Anna Vierck, a speech pathologist and CESA 2 employee. “I don’t believe they listen to the communication, if this is a communication among leadership, that should have been communicated at the very beginning when there was an issue.”

Luster said when the Human Services Board announced it would begin the process of potentially looking at other contracts, the group began telling families they would no longer receive the same care under another group.

“I would say it’s a really unfair statement to say,” said Katie Lubke, who works for CESA 2. “We’re in these homes weekly, we’re working with their most precious person. To say we would use that as a pawn or a way to swing things our way is very unfair.”

Luster said even under a new provider, the level of service and in-home care will not change.

“A lot of the feedback that I’ve been getting from community members and families is concern about reduction in services, so I’ve been doing my best to assure families that’s not the intention.”

The board said it will be looking to establish a new contract with United Cerebral Palsy of Dane County.

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