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COMMITTEE REQUESTS ASSISTAI 'E:
By MICHAEL ARKUSH
The new seven man task force
assigned by Governor Milliken to in-
vestigate charges of abuse at the
Plymouth Center for Human Develop-
ment conducted its first meeting Wed-
nesday but failed to discuss any sub-
stantial measures to improve con-
ditions at the center.
The task force, headed by University
School of Education Dean Wilbur
Cohen, decided it would request
representatives from the Attorney
General's office and the Civil Service
Commission (CSC) to assist in the in-
COHEN SAID HE wanted the Attor-
ney General's office to adivise the task
force on the legal aspects of the
"We want to find out exactly what the
law is," Cohen said. Other task force
members said they would ask for CSC
officials to inform them about rules and
practices surrounding the hiring of
state civil service employees. Letters
have been sent to the Attorney
General's office and the CSC requesting
that they attend next Wednesday's task
force meeting in Lansing. So far no
replies have been received.
Assisting Cohen on the task force in-
clude members of three prominent
state departments: John Dempsey of
the Department of Social Services, Dr.
Vernon Stehman of the Department of
Mental Health and Col. Gerald Hough
of the State Police.
DEMPSEY EMPHASIZED the need
for cooperation among the three state
"When three people are in charge, no
one is in charge," he said.
Completing the task force are
William Haber, a former dean at the
University; Erma Henderson,
president of the Detroit City Council;
and Walter Greene, vice president of
the National Bank of Detroit.
EVELYN PROLVITT, acting direc-
tor of the Plymouth Center, briefed the
task force on recommendations her
staff had prepared in the two weeks
since she replaced former director
William Womack. Womack quit under
severe pressure after the Detroit Free
Press reported his administration had
covered up the abuse problem and
failed to take necessary action to stop
Provitt complained that staff morale
is very low and needs considerable
uplifting. She also claimed a substan-
tial number of attendants often phone
the center, particularly on weekends,
and notify authorities they are too sick
to work that day.
"The number one priority is the need
for training assistance for attendants
and then increasing the staff," said
HER SUGGESTIONS centered
around the basic programs implemen-
ted for patients in the institution. She
said she believes there is "a lack of
programming between 3:00-8:00" at the
"The responsibility of programming
must shift to the afternoon and that is
not happening," she said.
While admitting there is a serious
problem of understaffing at Plymouth,
Provitt said she sees the essential
problem as one of a "lack of atten;
tiveness among the staff."
Supporting her contention, Michigan
Health Council spokesman John Doher-
ty yesterday said patient abuse and
inadequate care problems at the
Plymouth Center and other institutions
are due to a shortage in adequately
trained psychiatric doctors, nurses and
City adds 15,000 new voters
By PAULA LASHINSKY
When the April 3 city election rolls
around, the turnout may be higher than
some might expect, at least if results
from recent voter registration efforts
are any indication.
Some 15,000 new voters were added to
the rolls in this year's registration
drive, which ended March 6. City Clerk
Jerome Weiss said that figure is a good
indication that turnout at the election
will be high.
"I THINK IT would be a very bad
omen if the people of Ann Arbor didn't
realize how important their vote is,"
said Sylvester Murray, city ad-
ministrator. "It would greatly surprise
me if this year's turnout is not greater
than last year's.
The Coalition for Better Housing
(CBH), which sponsors the two tenants'
rights referendums appearing on the
ballot, led the most successful campus-
wide drive to register voters and drum
up support for the housing issues. CBH
registered 3,800 people, nearly a quar-
ter of the total of new registrants.
"Generally both political parties
combined sign between 1,000 and 2,000
voters, maybe 2,500 in a good year,"
said Tim Kunin of CBH. He attributes
the tenants' issues as being a major
factor in spurring voter interest.
"IN PAST ELECTIONS we have
found that tenants aren't registered in
Ann Arbor. They want to vote about
issues that concern them but don't
remember to register until it is too
late;" he said.
The special mayor's election is also
expected to attract voters to the polls.
Voters still recall last year's mayor's
race, which was decided by one vote.
Local politicians" say voters this year
Will share the thought that they could
hold the deciding ballot.
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