CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County’s 2017-18 Human Services Plan was approved at Tuesday’s commissioners’ workshop meeting.
The plan was presented by Lisa Kovalick, the county’s community development specialist.
According to her, Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services advised her office to use the primary allocations at last year’s funding levels.
This year, Kovalick said the county’s plan currently proposes serving:
- 2,792 people through Mental Health Services funding with $3,730,028;
- 221 people through Intellectual Disabilities Services funding with $1,733,267;
- 105 people through Homeless Assistance funding with $57,920;
- 165 people through Substance Abuse Disorder Services funding with total expenditures of $333,425; and
- 90 people through Human Services Development funding with $56,203.
In reference to the Substance Abuse Disorder Services funding, she explained that of the total, $25,000 is actually given to Human Services Development.
In total, Kovalick said the plan proposes serving 3,373 people in need with $5,910,843. The county’s total match is $190,737.
Commissioner Mark B. McCracken said they hope a lot of questions get answered in the coming weeks in the Pennsylvania budget.
“These funds aren’t going to be increased but may be decreased,” he said. “We can’t be sure.
“But we are under requirements to get this done in a timely manner regardless of where the state budget lies right now.”
McCracken added that Kovalick may come back to the commissioners to present modifications at a later date.
Kovalick said she would be watching the state budget closely and making any modifications necessary before the county gets in any kind of budget trouble.