Reports Reveal Faulty Audit Closed Much Needed Flordia Public Center  E-mail
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ATIN - 11-17-2015 - A nearly 40 year old addictions institution based in Volusia County Florida, of which Daytona Beach is the main metro area in the region, appears to be have been closed in error due to a premature and potentially faulty audit, according to local published reports.

Devastating Audit

In May of this year, according to the reports, an audit found that Windward Behavioral, a $7M a year public treatment center whose focus has traditionally been on servicing those poorest in the community with no place else to turn, was told it might be ordered to pay back $1.3M to the state, with the board at the time seeing no alternative but to liquidate assets and close the doors of the much needed institution.

Much Lower Clawback

However, later on in the year in mid-summer it was revealed that the audit was potentially wildly faulty and that now it appeared Windward owed the state at most slightly more than $250K.

For former senior employees of Windward, whose audit was conducted by Tampa-based Lutheran Services Florida, they had little doubt that an institutions with such lengthy and deep decades-old ties to the community, and one with hundreds of thousands of dollars of valuable real estate on its books, could have easily withstood a clawback from the state of around $250K and would still be in business today had not a panic arisen after such a huge, and now it turns out erroneous, $1.3M assessment been made, according to local reports

Fate UnClear

It is unclear what the fate of Windward Behavioral will be now, with the state DCF Inspector General conducting an investigation, no doubt having legitimate questions about why Windward's board has not gotten around to hiring key and essential staff and thus having no CEO, CFO or HR Director on staff, according to local reports which said that Lutheran pushed hard for greater and more proper organization of Windward - which had been the subject of a number of client complaints that treatment stays were highly disorganized - while Lutheran interestingly enough suggested that Windward possibly amalgamate with another institution with a stable management team, reports said.


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