Lobbyist David Wilmot Selling Group Homes
Wilmot said today at a council hearing that he's "winding down" Individual Development Inc., the non-profit, publicly funded organization that runs several group homes for the District's developmentally disabled. "We're going out of business," said Wilmot, who serves as the organization's president and chairman. He added that he's in negotiations with a potential buyer. "I am determined to get out."
In 2010, IDI was hit with $241,089.60 in fines for 10 violations of a settlement agreement with the city to improve services. But at today's hearing Wilmot at one point broke down in tears when discussing the excellent care he says IDI has provided to its patients.
So why sell? Wilmot told Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham that he's has little choice to sell off the group homes IDI owns because of a "broken system." Wilmot says a "biased and less than objective” federal court monitor has unfairly targeted IDI, making it impossible to continue to do business. The District's care of the developmentally disabled has long been a subject of a federal class action lawsuit, and indeed the court monitor in the case has found several problems with IDI's care.
IDI was the subject of intense scrutiny from former Attorney General Peter Nickles, who sued the company for alleged "systematic” problems with how it was caring for its patients. IDI wound up settling that case last year for $180,000.
IDI also had to contend with an Office of Inspector General report that found Wilmot's salary was well over industry standard. At one point, Wilmot, who also pulls in a hefty income lobbying for interests including Walmart, was paid $346,743 a year from IDI. And IDI also had to deal with labor trouble when 150 of his employees voted to unionize with the SEIU in 2010 over Wilmot's ardent objections.
Joining Wilmot on IDI's board are two other well-connected attorneys: Fred Cooke Jr. and A. Scott Bolden.