Four booted at Crossroads, Layoffs prompt investigation by state agency

Published 4:30 pm Thursday, February 4, 2016

Crossroads Community Services Board in Farmville is mum on four recent layoffs, which has initiated a state investigation.

“I would very much like to, but the problem is it’s a personnel matter that’s ongoing and I cannot [comment],” said Dr. Susan Baker, the executive director at Crossroads, located on Bush River Drive off of U.S. Route 460.

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Baker confirmed that four positions were eliminated on Wednesday, Jan. 20, “as a reduction in force.”

“I can confirm that we have received a complaint and there is an investigation underway,” said Maria Reppas, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

When asked if the reduction was planned, Baker wouldn’t offer comment.

Sid Smyth, who serves as chairman of the Crossroads CSB, wouldn’t comment when asked about the terminations.

“I really can’t comment on that,” said Robert “Butch” Shook Jr., a member of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors who serves on the Crossroads board. “We discussed that in closed session, and we’ve got to meet again to discuss it further, and really no decision has been made yet.”

Organized in 1973, Crossroads seeks to prevent and treat the occurrence of mental illness, intellectual disabilities, substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Crossroads’ board of directors consists of representatives appointed by boards of supervisors in Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.

“Funding, which supports the service delivery system, comes from a variety of sources: state, local and federal governments, and fees for service (over 75 percent of revenue),” states the entity’s website.