An incoming comment this morning made reference to the letter you see on the left. The commenter, Harris County Advocate, said, "That is a very interesting question that you asked at the end of your post, Mr. Durango."
The question being referenced was in a blog post titled Why is Melissa Gibbons No Longer the President of NAMI-TC?
With the question being, "What's next? The sudden removal of Jim McDermott as MHMRTC CEO in advance of incoming lawsuits?"
Below is the comment from Harris County Advocate in its entirety....
That is a very interesting question that you asked at the end of your post, Mr. Durango.
It appears that this PhD man Jim McDermott is also crafty, calculating, and cunning. He probably won't be caught with a major doozy, but a series of actions and decisions that show a pattern of unacceptable conduct will likely be his undoing. He was smart enough to use money to cover the important "bases", but arrogant enough to commit what he deemed little things that don't really count.
A friend from Tarrant County sent me a copy of the March 2011 newsletter. I found this small but rather damning little sentence, "Dr. McDermott and MHMR had sent a letter dated February 18, 2011 to reassure the participants of the Drop-in Center that follows:"
The problems with that sentence and the heading of the letter are (A) the consumers and other staff consistently report that no such letter was seen until several days later; (B) the term "Drop-in Center" was not used by him and MHMR until several days after 02/18/11 because they were still claiming to own everything that was Paradise Center, including the name until something forced them to change their ways; (C) the NAMI of Tarrant County Board did not meet to vote on their neutral position statement until the first week of March; (D) several people have reported that the actual letter letter was un-dated (unusual, esp. due to its time-sensitive nature) and addressed "To: Drop-in Center participants", NOT "Paradise Center members" as previously.
The word is that the man has been known to fudge and get away with such small, but often NOT insignificant representations when viewed in the larger context.
We also heard that he was actually forced to write the little letter ONLY after email appeals from the Paradise Board President Linda Groom that he sent some staff trained in counseling people after traumatic events to go and explain to the confused consumers what had happened to their director Ms. Davis and the community center that they've always knew belong to them and their organization.
Until we see the email proof it's just a believable RUMOR for now. Whatever the details, this raises the serious issue of the honesty of the CEO and the agency, especially in their representations of the factual details related to this scandalous matter. This is where journalists , or the dreaded lawyers, would be helpful in finding out the facts.
We still cannot believe that local leaders have not tried to resolve this ugly matter before it goes to the judicial realm, where it will mostly likely get uglier. But that's how Tarrant County usually deals with things.