According to the Freedom from Religion Foundation website, the Department of Health and Human Services "is suspending the drawdown of federal funds until such time as we are confident that the MentorKids USA program is in compliance with all relevant federal rules, regulations and policies." The is the immediate fallout of the lawsuit about which I wrote here. Mentor Kids USA has until January 3rd, 2005 to submit a "Corrective Action Plan."
However good the overall picture looks in the long run, in the short run this isnt good for either the organization or the young people theyre helping. Indeed, one of the last times the FFRF filed suit and lost (for the most part) in the long run, the legal wrangling took long enough basically to shut down the program--a long term drug and alcohol rehabilitation program run by FaithWorks Milwaukee. Lets hope that Mentor Kids can resolve its "issues" with the federal government and that those inside and outside government involved in the faith-based initiative stay the course.