The revocation of ones license is not to be taken lightly and the process is long. This is one area, where citizens have a right to a voice their concerns and legitimate complaints. The 'State' agencies in Georgia may have immunity, but they cannot take our voice, our hearts, and our tenacity in seeing that justice prevails. If one wishes changes, one has to fight for them.
The children are safe, Ridge Creek School is closed, but there is nothing to prevent the owner from opening up another school if there is no accountability. This has happened countless times with other facilities across the globe. We all know too well as was the case with Miller Newton - no jail -egregious abuse of children, and nothing - he walks free.
We have experienced PhD's with no PhD's, an M.D. with no M.D's, teachers with no certification and cross utilized, MSW's with no licensed MSW, Counselors with no license, no nurse, and no mandatory reporting.The Georgia agencies had it within their scope to ask for help, to ask for an investigation from the Georgia Attorney General's Office, the US Attorney General, but their "hands were tied."
Confusion: There are two GAO's -
To clarify, GAO (Government Accountability Office) in Washington. D.C. is mandated by Congress and could only make recommendations. The Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is a private non-profit corporation. Its mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy. GAO's work is mandated by Congress, and GAO has been designated by Georgia as the agency to implement Protection and Advocacy within the state.
The Georgia Advocacy Office can make recommendations to ensure the rights and safety of the children; there are limitations as with the GAO in Washington, D.C.
Regarding Ridge Creek School facility, the facility went under. Staff report DFCS and the GAO did site visits on Tuesday and Wednesday to be sure the children were cared for.
Again, the children are safe - that was and always should remain the high priority.
But, how did we get here?
The State structure is near impenetrable for a citizen. It is containment beyond containment. Parents and guardians continue to report they have filed complaints with the state agencies and the LCSO receiving no reply and no remedy. We need your help. Although we appreciate the "cheerleaders," it will not make change happen.
Mandatory reporting by licensed professionals, at the very least, is ethically and morally right by all staff.
This came into Jilliestake, please take a few minutes, be proactive, file your complaint with Georgia's Secretary of State, Brian Kemp:
"Revocation of licensure is a long and drawnout process. It starts with the filing of a complaint with the Secretary of State at this web address: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/SubmitComplaint.aspx
I just filed complaints against Buccellato and Edens and two former HLA/RCS "professionals". It took only a few minutes. I have been told by someone who sits on a similar board that the more complaints that are filed, the more attention that is drawn to that individual by the board. Please don't assume someone else will do this. Everyone who experienced or witnessed this abuse of power needs to take a few minutes and file a formal complaint. If we deluge the board with complaints, something will happen. Otherwise, it won't. Don't stop now. We aren't finished yet.