2018-08-23 / Front Page

Commissioners Make TMCA Appointments

By Cassidy Pittman

At their weekly meeting Aug. 14, Commissioner Pete Lynch was appointed commissioner-representative for the Tuscarora Managed Care Alliance (TMCA) by his fellow commissioners, Stuart Ulsh and Rodney McCray. Also appointed to the commission were Julia Dovey, Fulton Human Services representative, and Christine McQuade, director of Fulton County Services for Children. There is currently a vacant position for a community representative.

TCMA is responsible for planning and addressing the mental health and substance abuse service needs of Medicaid managed care members within Franklin and Fulton counties. Lynch, Dovey, and McQuade will all serve on this committee for a one-year term.

During last Tuesday’s meeting the commissioners also accepted a vendor contract by and between the county of Fulton and Fulton County Family Partnership for medical assistance transportation with the approved flat rate of $36 per trip, effective July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

The commissioners authorized a certification statement for the county Children and Youth Social Service Program for July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018, and endorsed a purchase of service agreement between the county of Fulton and Appalachian Youth Services (AYS), which is effective July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. AYS is a program in Pennsylvania that utilizes evidence-based practices of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with special attention given to trauma-informed care (TIC) and trauma-focused care (TFC) principles and practices.

They also endorsed the county Assurance of Financial Commitment and Participation for the children and youth needsbased budget for 2019-20 and implementation for 2018-19.

Other business included a tax appeal hearing with tax assessor Michelle Sowers and county solicitor Stanley Kerlin.

Lastly, Karen McFadden informed the commissioners that the county’s voting machines are not able to be certified, and that because of the new mandate issued by Gov. Tom Wolf, purchasing new machines that leave a paper trail will be required.

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