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Centre eyes non-profit status for home
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE - The Centre County Commissioners received an agreement with Complete HealthCare Resources to provide assistance with the possible transition of the Centre Crest Nursing Home to a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit status at yesterday weekly meeting at the Willowbank building.
County Administrator Tim Boyde said one group contacted backed out when offered information on what the county was looking for and another company didn't have the experience of Complete HealthCare. He also noted Complete HealthCare has assisted 13 other county homes across the state.
Commissioner Chris Exarchos said the agreement was just received yesterday morning and he would like to table it until next week. Michael Pipe offered a second and the motion passed.
The board renewed a contract with Centre County Youth Services Bureau to provide performance-based drug and alcohol prevention services, gambling prevention and outreach and child/adolescent and family mental health support services. The contract total is $210,869.
The commissioners approved a drug free communities grant under the substance abuse and mental health services administration. The grant supports environmental strategies that address substance abuse/use by youth, families and all Centre County residents. The grant total is $125,000 a year through 2014.
A contract was approved with Global Tel Link Corporation to provide one lobby kiosk and one intake kiosk at no charge for the collection of inmate commissary funds and for collection of inmate destination prepay funds.
A contract was approved with Union County to house inmates in Centre County at a cost of $65 a day through December. The cost is a $10 increase from past years. Boyde said other counties have been given the contract and he said they are waiting for the counties to approve it. He said typically Centre County houses inmates from Clearfield, Huntingdon and other counties.
The county is losing approximately $658,000 with the state inmates moving out of the county jail, so bringing in more inmates from surrounding counties would help.
In other business, the commissioners:
• renewed a contract with Pelican Insurance for Centre Crest Liability insurance for a total of $92,137 through 2014.
• reappointed Ken Hall and Steve Greer to the Centre County Natural Gas Task Force through 2016.
• acknowledged the resignations of Jessica Bilger and Robert Norbeck from the task force and Matt Hall from the task force environmental/infrastructure sub-committee.
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