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Commissioners Discuss Recovery Month, $1 Million Hospital Grant, Cooperation Agreement

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

fullsizeoutput_2be1CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Clarion County Commissioners Ted Tharan, Wayne Brosius, and Ed Heasley considered a Recovery Month proclamation, acting as a pass-through for a $1 million grant for the Clarion Hospital, and approving a cooperative agreement for the supervision of Medicaid Behavioral Health funds at the group’s Tuesday morning work session.

(PICTURED: Clarion County Commissioners welcomed a younger voice to their work Session. Declan Baumgartner of Mars had a chance to see government in action on the lap of his grandfather, Ted Tharan.)

A proclamation to declare the month of September as Recovery Month will be on next week’s official meeting.

According to the declaration, there are an estimated 10,000 people in Clarion County impacted by substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.

“…with commitment and support, people with these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and leave your boarding lives in recovery,” states the proclamation. “By seeking help, people who experience substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders can embark on a new path toward improved health and overall wellness.”

Recovery Month’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We are Stronger.”

$1 million RACP Clarion Hospital Grant

A resolution authorizing the submission of an application for funding to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant in the amount of $1 million is also on the agenda for next week’s meeting. The grant will fund activities associated with the Clarion Hospital Emergency Room Renovation and Addition Project in Monroe Township.

Clarion County would essentially act as a pass-through to the hospital for the grant, as it is doing for the Clarion County YMCA RACP Grant.

Cooperation between 23 Counties Sought for Behavioral Health Medicaid

Commissioners discussed approving an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement and Ordinance related to BHARP (Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania) serving the counties in North Central zones as the primary contractor for the health choices behavioral health program.

“This is a consortium of 23 counties in North Central Pennsylvania for managing Medicaid for behavioral health,” said Nancy Jeannerat, MH/DD/EI Administrator. “In 2006, the state kind of scooped up the 23 counties and held the managed care contract.  Now, the state is allowing BHARP the oversight organization to hold the contract. The ordinance is the county allowing that to happen. The outcome of this is those 23 counties will have more control over the Medicaid for Behavioral Health and actually recoupling some of their administrative costs.”

Counties include Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Elk, Forest, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Snyder, Tioga, Union, Warren, and Wayne.

Tharan made several additional announcements:

You must pre-register electronics, household hazardous waste, and universal waste items.

Call 866-815-0016 or go to pre-register.

  • “Thursday night at the Knox Firehall is a meeting to explain to us how in the world they are going to keep the Canoe Creek Bridges on I-80 open while keeping two lanes open both ways at all times while they are being replaced. It is a total replacement of piers, bridges, and everything. The meeting is 4:00 p.m. for public officials and 6:00 p.m. for the general public.”

PennDOT also released the following statement:

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 10-0 will conduct a Public Plans Display for the I-80 Canoe Creek Bridge EB & WB Replacement Project in Beaver Township, Clarion County.

The purpose of this project is to remove and replace the existing poor condition bridges that carry Interstate 80, eastbound and westbound, over SR 4005 (Tippecanoe Road) and Canoe Creek.

The purpose of the Public Plans Display is to provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the project, view the project plans, and to speak directly with the project design team to provide input. Anyone with knowledge of historic resources in the project area should attend the meeting.

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