TERRE HAUTE —
Michele A. Madley has been appointed the interim CEO of Gibault Inc.
She accepted the interim position Saturday, replacing former chief executive officer James Sinclair. Madley said she could not comment and did not know whether Sinclair had been removed or had resigned from the position.
Madley, 46, has 19 years of experience with Gibault. She most recently served as vice president and executive director of the Terre Haute campus. Madley said Monday she plans to apply for the CEO position.
Gibault’s Terre Haute campus came under scrutiny in recent months after incidents in which residents left the facility and were involved in events requiring law enforcement intervention. After a June meeting with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police to address community safety and security in Vigo County, Gibault instituted several new measures. It now has two safety and security staff members during the day and two in the evening all week, Madley said Monday. Staff remains at one person overnight, she said.
Gibault also has provided nearby neighborhood associations with phone numbers of safety and security staff.
Also, starting next week, all direct care staff members will have the same colored “Gibault” shirt, to give police a clear distinction between staff and other people on the campus. Police have been invited to dine with the residents and drive through the campus on a more frequent basis.
In addition, if any resident leaves Gibault, Madley said staff will immediately call county or state police rather than attempt its own search before contacting police.
As interim CEO, Madley said state budget cuts will require Gibault to look at all of its programs, facilities and state funding levels. “We have to take a close look internally on the services that we are able to provide and attempt to prepare for the future,” Madley said.
Gibault facilities include a juvenile residential treatment campus in Terre Haute; a nursing home in Carmel; a daycare center and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program in Rensselaer; a day treatment and day reporting and habilitation/visitation program in Shelbyville; and a visitation program in Springfield, Ohio.
Terre Haute’s facility has 65 residents, but can serve up to 120.
Madley said Gibault needs to most closely communicate with state and federal regulators on programs such as the Medicaid-funded psychiatric residential treatment services. “We try to stay ahead of the game to prepare for what we might see coming down the pipeline in regards to cuts, changes in documentation and reporting,” she said.
“Staying on top of those things really helps prepare for the future,” Madley said. In addition to Medicaid, Gibault receives funding from the Indiana Department of Child Services and the state Department of Education.
Madley said Gibault will likely not attempt to seek another sponsor for a charter school, after being declined by Ball State University and the Vigo County School Corp. “It is very difficult for an organization like ours that has children already living here and attending an on-grounds school to become a charter school, as there are a lot of [accountability] rules and regulations that have not yet been fully established by the federal government,” she said.
“For example, when dealing with children, who prior to coming us have struggled in school for quite some time, we as an agency are not able to show a tremendous amount of progress in the short amount of time that we have the kids,” she said.
“We are looking at alternative ways to run things in our school. We have implemented a virtual classroom this summer so that we would decrease the amount of staff that we have to use. We still have one teacher in the classroom,” Madley said.
Another program is Plato Credit Recovery, which allows Gibault residents to make up lost credits mandatory for graduation. “It is not a Gibault issue. It is a residential treatment facility issue throughout the state of Indiana. The push right now is the state looks for kids to go to wrap-around services and remain in the home,” Madley said.
“The days of taking kids that maybe have conduct disorders, and that is all, are remaining in the home now. We are beginning to see a lot more mental diagnosis,” she added.
Gibault, like all other nonprofit organizations, has to “work to keep going and has to focus on functioning from a good financial approach and cooperating with our customer. Our customer is the state really, as they pay the bill,” Madley said. “We receive per diem pay per child depending on what program they are in.”
Howard Greninger can be reached at (812) 231-4204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TERRE HAUTE —
Michele A. Madley has been appointed the interim CEO of Gibault Inc.
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