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Genesis receives financial support from 19 of 24 affected towns

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to a couple of recent letters (Jan. 21 by Lauren Cooper and Jan. 25 by Kevin Leandro, both of Gilford) regarding Genesis Behavioral Health's request for town support of emergency services. It appears as though there is some confusion about why we request municipal support and what those funds are used for. These are commonly asked questions, so I'd like to provide some clarity around this topic.

Genesis asks all 24 towns within our catchment area for funding that is applied toward the costs of providing emergency services to the residents of those towns. Emergency services is a state-mandated service whose revenues has never, and will never support the operations of providing those services because of the costs associated with maintaining 24-hour staffing coverage by physicians and master-s-level professionals. For example, in FY 2016, the Emergency Services Program generated $557,055 in revenues, but incurred total expenses of $716,285, resulting in a deficit of $159,230. (Source: Genesis Behavioral Health; 2015 Form 990; (7/1/15-6/30/16)).

For informational purposes, we provide each town with a report outlining the ages and number of residents served and how many uncompensated dollars Genesis provided to that town. It is not done with an expectation of reimbursement for uncompensated care.

Only in the past two years, has the State of New Hampshire Bureau of Behavioral Health allocated general fund dollars targeted to the delivery of emergency care. This allocation was also reduced by nearly half the year after its introduction.

In FY 2017, we are asking all 24 towns in our catchment area to collectively appropriate a total of $152,000 to help offset the deficit associated with providing emergency services to town residents. Last year, all but five towns funded this request. All municipalities are assessed equally based upon population, and every dollar of your contribution is invested in direct care for uninsured people in crisis.

Genesis Behavioral Health takes is statutory obligation seriously and understands its value to our communities. Consequently, support from municipalities is critical in ensuring the sustainability and availability of emergency services and for ensuring the health and safety of their residents.

Ann Nichols

Director of Development & Public Relations

Genesis Behavioral Health


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Stating your opinion & pretending to speak for God not same thing

To The Daily Sun,

I wasn't inclined to take up the burden for the Holy Grail, but with Denise Burke and E. Scott Cracraft piling on against a brother in Christ, I am compelled to respond. I haven't seen Paul in person, that I can remember, since the 1980s, when we were both doing street ministry. I have read his letters and in years gone by seen his vehicle. If you've been in the area for some time you might remember it as well. My every experience with Bishop Blake is that he preaches the Gospel.

In the Bible a bishop is a pastor of a church. So in a biblical sense if Paul pastors a church even if it's in his own home — some pastors do that — it would still be scripturally correct for him to go by the title Bishop Blake even though it is now not popularly used that way. If he pastors a nondenominational church and does not have a website you wouldn't be able to search him on line. The difference between Bishop Blake and E. Scott Cracraft is that Paul is a minister of God, Scott has a piece of paper.

Now as to the Holy Grail, they did write a letter in the Sun inferring that they were having problems. As writers have testified, the food is good and the atmosphere is good, so what's the problem? Could it be that God is withholding his blessing? A man of God comes twice to you and says, "You are dishonoring God because you have a cross, the symbol of Christ, on your building and your business is not honoring God. I will pay to have it removed." You ignore him and then complain that your business is failing even though it should not be.

Naaman dipped seven times in the Jordan and was cleansed of his leprosy at the bidding of Elisha's servant. (2 Kings Chapter 5) The owners of the Holy Grail should be so wise. David and Maureen Kennedy have humbled themselves before men. Perhaps it would do them good to humble themselves before God who holds all of our lives and businesses in his hand. For God says, "For those who honor me I will honor." (1 Samuel Chapter 2 Verse 30) I suggest that the Kennedys should talk to some Christian businessmen and women who have associated the Lord with their businesses and hear how God has judged their business more strictly because of that association.

As to Denise Burke's letter, It is one thing to state your opinion. It is quite another to pretend to speak for God. Denise I have prayed for you. Please be careful of what you write so as not to come under God's judgment.

John Demakowski

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