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Comments Off on When Politics over-ride Experience – You get Chaos and Confusion

Alright – so, if you read my blog then you realize I am not a big fan of the current state Medicaid commissioner in Minnesota. If I were a SNL writer – I would be in heaven. Sadly, this is not a comedy show. DHS is in charge of the state’s most vulnerable population, those with a disability, the poor and the elderly. Their needs are very serious and important.

Yet, Lt Governor Tina Smith chose to appoint Ms. Piper to lead DHS even though she has zero, zilch and nada experience in human services or dealing with such vulnerable population. This appointment was politically calculated and not based on experience or background. As a result, we are seeing the effects of this. For example, autism services – things are going from bad to worse. There are so many confusions and chaos in the autism area in DHS. The people hired to lead have no idea what they are doing. They are wasting tax payers dollars and resources in almost everything they have done so far. They are giving families and providers so much wrong and false information that has real consequences for real children and real families. Yet, Piper’s administration hasn’t taken any action to correct this, nor are there consequences.

I and so many other families worked really hard in this state to get good resources and services for children with autism and their families, and it is heartbreaking to watch our hard work go down the toilet by a bunch of inexperienced, ignorant and cocky liberal elites. Ughhh.

In my humble little opinion, all that happened under Piper administration for autism is silencing, bullying and intimidating parents and advocates that disagree with them or call them out on their ignorance. This kind of behavior actually energizes me but quite frankly is useless and wrong for a state agency staff to behave such manner. About a month ago, I went to one of their trainings about autism and the services offered by DHS. I remember thinking to myself – this can’t be real.  Are these people really saying so many wrong and false information. So, I decided to tell them they were telling us wrong and in-correct information. One of them Ms. Mua said to me “We need to have respect”, and I told her telling you all to stop giving us wrong information is not even in the same category as respect and silencing us is not acceptable”. Then another trainer Britania stated that since I am assigned to speak with Asst Commissioner Wilson I should direct all of my questions to her. I told her that it is irrelevant who I am assigned to because she needed to give the right information and not be defensive.

To make matters sweeter – I get a letter…wait for it…… from the assistant commissioner Wilson telling, no let me rephrase that ordering me to respect DHS autism staff. Well – that was it. I asked her why she would even dream of trying to silence a parent let alone me. Her response was even more shocking and disturbing… wait for it…..”I didn’t even read the letter, I just sign it after I got it from DHS ASD policy team”. I kid you not. You see this kind of BS happens when inexperienced and politically appointed personnel take charge. One thing is for sure this letter is the gift that will keep on giving. I actually framed it and taped in my front door so that I can see it when I am leaving the house and when I am coming back home to sort of give a pick me up energy like a latte.

I mean really – the idea of silencing or bullying families about autism especially when DHS ASD team is clearly stupid and out of touch is beyond imaginable. This kind of behavior is why we need to vote wisely and hold our elected officials accountable to their actions including who they appoint to important positions. I can’t wait when Tina Smith runs for a governor – how will she explain so many bias and cocky decisions including naming a complete rookie to lead the most important agency in the state.

Above words do not reflect any agency, candidate or committee.

Idil – Autism Mom & Advocate


Category: My two cents

Comments Off on New DHS ASD Policy Folks Make Sarah Palin Seem Smart – really

Alright – so, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is responsible for overseeing the new autism benefit. Sadly, no one from the previous Jesson administration is there in the newly created ASD area. Even sadder is that they now have a bunch of hillbillies that don’t understand policy from poop. They make Sarah Palin sound smart. Ok, so may they don’t see Russia from their window but really they are completely ignorant about this ASD benefit.

A few weeks ago, they did a training about EIDBI also known as the ASD benefit. How can I put this diplomatically, I have seen a kinder garden give better and cohesive information. They basically read from the DHS website which had mostly incorrect information. They were defensive when asked to explain simple policy questions. They were arrogant when they were told they were wrong and were giving folks in-correct information. Now, let’s think about that. It is one thing to be clueless and ignorant – it is another to be arrogant about it. Have you ever listened to Rudy Giuliani explain something on TV? Have you noticed how unreasonable his explanations are and how defensive he gets. Well – compare to the nut-jobs we have now at DHS ASD policy,  Rudy G sounds reasonable even likable.

This benefit is funded half from the state and half from the federal government – CMS. In other words, this is a publicly funded program and the information must be explained to the public in a manner that is clear, concise and understandable. To come from John Z and Anne H to these idiots is really frustrating and disappointing. In looking at the glass half-full – one can say there is only a couple of years left in this administration and with any luck, we will get a new administration that will clean house and fire these clueless, ignorant hillbillies that should not be managing something so important as autism.

Above words do not represent any agency, committee or candidate.

Idil – Autism Mom & Advocate

Category: My two cents