Lycoming-Clinton Joinder waiting for its payments

Almost $400,000 in payments expected for mental health services provided by the Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board have not been received.

That’s because reimbursements still are being paid lower, at last fiscal year’s rates, Deborah Duffy, agency administrator, told board members at their Wednesday meeting.

HealthChoices, the organization that oversees managed care services for Lycoming-Clinton Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities clients, said it is paying at a lower rate because the federal government has not approved new fiscal year rates.

Board members also learned a state pilot program designed to give a small number of counties block grant funding for their behavioral health will not be opened up to additional counties this year, Duffy said. The funding would enable agencies such as the Joinder Board to direct funding as needed for local needs.

“We feel we have all the pieces in place if it’s opened up to all the counties,” she said.

The board also learned the agency has been awarded a $82,000 U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant to assist mental health clients with security deposits and first month’s rent for their housing needs.