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Contract approvals rule the day in Centre County

BELLEFONTE — The Centre County commissioners got right to business on Tuesday.

In a relatively short 22-minute meeting, they approved several contracts and moved several items to next week’s consent agenda. County administrator Margaret Gray opened the meeting by reminding residents that the free COVID-19 testing site operated by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare re-opened on Tuesday at its new testing site. The testing site at the old Bon-Ton department store location at the Nittany Mall closed on Saturday. The new testing site is the old Comcast building, located at 1155 Benner Pike, Suite 120. Testing is available from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The commissioners approved several human services contract addendums. They were:

— A contract addendum for Mental Health with Skills, Inc. to allow for additional funds to provide mental health vocational rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation, community employment, clubhouse, and peer support services in the amount of $85,375. This will increase the contract maximum from $90,625 to $176,000, which is funded as follows: State $167,886 and county $8,114 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Community Services Group to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide mental health psychiatric rehabilitation, community residential services, and outpatient services in the amount of $269,442. This will increase the contract maximum from $210,317 to $479,759, which is funded as follows: State $457,642 and county $22,117 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Strawberry Fields to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide mental health services including CRR, targeted case management, housing support, and CHIPP enhancement in the amount of $701,007.

This will increase the contract maximum from $468,577 to $1,169,584, which is funded as follows: State $1,115,666 and county $53,918 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Cen-Clear Child Services to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide mental health services including outpatient, peer support, and familybased services in the amount of $23,667. This will increase the contract maximum from $13,333 to $37,000, which is funded as follows: State $35,294 and county $1,706 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Eagle Valley Personal Care Home, Inc. to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide mental health housing support services in the amount of $281,920. This will increase the contract maximum from $201,372 to $483,292, which is funded as follows: State $461,012 and county $22,280 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Eagle View Personal Care Home, Inc. to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide mental health community residential services in the amount of $254,917. This will increase the contract total from $182,083 to $437,000, which is funded as follows: State $416,854 and county $20,146 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Eagle Ridge Personal Care Home, LLC to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide mental health housing support services in the amount of $17,500. This will increase the contract maximum from $12,500 to $30,000, which is funded as follows: State $28,617 and county $1,383 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Service Access and Management, Inc. to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide delegate emergency crisis services in the amount of $63,000. This will increase the contract maximum from $45,000 to $108,000, which is funded as follows: State $103,021 and county $4,979 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A contract addendum with Crossroads Counseling, Inc. to allow for state allocations for the remainder of Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to provide mental health outpatient services in the amount of $14,583. This will increase the contract maximum from $10,417 to $25,000, which is funded as follows: State $23,847 and county $1,153 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— A coaching Implementation Agreement with Tuscarora Intermediate Unit No. 11 for federal fiscal year 2020-2021 for grant reimbursement to five coaches in the amount of $2,500.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

— Approved a contract renewal with RBA Professional Data Systems to provide license support for the IBM Informix Database and 4JS client software. This license and support are required for the County’s GUI applications. The contract total is $33,686 for the period of Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021. The item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved a contract renewal with Advanced Disposal for garbage disposal services at the Correctional Facility. The contract rate is $860 per month, a total of $10,320 annually for the period of Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2025. The item was added to next week’s consent agenda.

— Tabled a service agreement with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corportation to maintain the elevator equipment at the Centre County Correctional Facility, Centre County courthouse, courthouse annex and Willowbank Buildings. The contract would be for the period of Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2025.

The commissioners also announced that the Thursday salary board meetings will return to bi-weekly status. The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The meeting will be held virtually and televised live on C-NET.

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