Regional youth services contracts to be approved

Youth in the region will continue to receive the help they need pending the Lycoming County commissioners’ approval of professional service agreements with various entities Thursday.

One agreement is a 2012-13 contract renewal for Diversified Treatment Alternatives which operates two residential facilities in Lewisburg and Turbotville, emphasizing treatment for adolescent male sex offenders.

“DTA attempts to balance their treatment population by also admitting delinquent youth who are non-sex offenders,” said Nancy Ackley, administrative specialist, Lycoming County Juvenile Probation.

The contract renewal has no rate increases, and includes a residential daily rate of $182; specialized foster care for $90; and community residential rehabilitation/host home for $22.

The DTA 2013-14 contract renewal would see a 4/8 percent rate increase for both residential at $191 per day and specialized foster care at $94 per day. There is no increase for community residential rehabilitation/host home.

Ackley also presented a Pennsylvania Treatment & Healing (PATH) 2013-14 contract renewal to the commissioners. PATH provides day treatment, alternative education and specialized foster care in the Montoursville and Milton areas. PATH also operates a group home for delinquent youth in the Middletown area, Ackley said.

The group home/halfway house specializes in adolescent and young adult males ages 15 to 20 with a diagnosis of substance dependence, abuse or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, Ackley said. The per diem rate of $145 has not been increased.

Emergency foster care saw no rate increase, still charging $100 per diem. Key components include D&A counseling, family meetings weekly, individual and group accountability meetings.

“Community service school day and/or after school programs help make youth accountable for their crime, and outdoor challenge weekend program is an alternative to boot camp on a weekend basis,” Ackley said.

There is a $1 a day rate increase for the non-medical assistance rate of $83 for specialized foster care, and the same increase for medical assistance eligible rate of $52.

Finally, Ackley asked for the commissioners to approve Second Haven Services for Youth 2013-14 new contract. Servicing the Tobyhanna area in Monroe County, they offer a residential group home to help young men and women become contributing community members. They also have a residential treatment facility, a community-based setting with life-training skills.

The residential regular rate is $160 per day, and the residential special rate is $190 per day.

All above programs are eligible for Title 4-E federal reimbursement.

The commissioners approved at their Tuesday planning session a 2013-14 grant-in-aid receipt from the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole in the amount of $912,867. The commissioners took action because of time constraints on the matter.

It was announced July 21 to 27 is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week in Lycoming County.

The commissioners may approve a change order to the single-stream recycling equipment project with Green Machine Sales LLC, for the additional equipment accessories and construction items for $333,600. The change order is because there were changes made after the original bid for certain shortcomings in equipment, said Jason Yorks, resource recovery manager for Lycoming County Resource Management Services.

John Yingling, director of the department of public safety, requested the commissioners approve a radiation emergency response fund grant application for $5,876 from the state Emergency Management Agency, which would provide maintenance, lighting and a trailer for the Susquehanna Steam (nuclear) Electric Station at Berwick.

Yingling explained Lycoming County is a support county for Berwick and Briar Creek Township for emergency response with radiological equipment, and more.