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Warren County Commissioners Public Hearing

September 25, 2019 12:00 p.m.

Jackson Courtroom

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Cindy Morrison, and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston present.

 

Staff Present: Pamela Matve, Chief Clerk, Eric Hern, Fiscal Director, Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt, Phil Gilbert, Director of Tax Claim, Ronna Tipton, Director of Human Services, Lori Bimber, Register and Recorder, and Rene Johnson, Solicitor for Human Services

 

Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO), Joe Scully, Jennifer Rarey, Ashley Spicer, Connie Zaffino, and Julie Swanson

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that today we have a Public Hearing for the BHARP program.

 

Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP):

 

Ronna Tipton and Attorney Rene Johnson gave a brief background on the BHARP program.

 

Ronna stated that in 2007 the State held the contracts for managed care contracts. Now the counties are given the option to manage the contracts directly through BHARP. This will give more transparency with no financial risk to the county. Ronna then reviewed all the programs this will now cover.

 

Attorney Rene Johnson reviewed the statutes (laws) that the county will follow for providing the services. She also reviewed both the Federal and State funding laws. She then stated this will provide more local control over the behavior health services.

 

Ashley Spicer stated that now the private providers can come in which will allow more providers than just Beacon Light. Ashley then stated that in other counties, they have de-escalation teams that go into the homes.

 

Attorney Johnson stated that the money doled out for programs like this to the counties that need them.

 

Ronna Tipton stated that they are looking into getting a proposal for a mobile crisis program.

 

Amy Stewart asked it will give the county more control over the type of residents that are in the RTF program, to which Ronna stated No.

 

Connie Zaffino stated that this will cut out the middle man. Attorney Johnson stated not really, it will provide more local control. The drug and alcohol program is not covered with behavioral health. Discussions then turned to the suboxone program.

 

Ashley stated that there is more need for public awareness.

 

Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that with nothing further we will close this public hearing.

 

Adjournment:  Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Cindy Morrison to close the public hearing. Motion carried.

 

Public Hearing closed at 12:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,                                                                     Approved:

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                                  Jeff Eggleston, Secretary

Chief Clerk                                                                                           Warren County Commissioner