The Wyoming County Commissioners heard from Tunkhannock Borough Council members on Tuesday, who had concerns about medication-assisted treatment in the area.
“We’re getting a lot of concerns about the Trehab/MAT clinic going in town,” said council member Dan Gay.
Henry said Trehab is putting a resource center in town, but it does not involve MAT. Instead, Trehab is working on a deal through Tyler Memorial Hospital to provide MAT.
“They have promised that won’t happen here in town,” he said. “The people have spoken and they have listened.”
The center on Warren Street plans to provide services such as GED help, support meetings and counseling, just like Trehab’s center in Montrose.
Gay said council has received information that an MAT clinic is coming to the borough in Dr. Arthur Sherwood’s old office, but not through Trehab.
Council member Ben Barziloski said he heard this from Mike Hopkins of the Children’s Service Center, who said MAT would be offered once a week with no more than 20 patients per day in the old Geisinger building next to Pilgrim Holiness Church.
The Wright Center would be involved, however, he said he “doesn’t know for a fact if it has been written in stone yet.”
“We know nothing about that,” Henry said.
Wright Center spokesperson Jennifer Hetro confirmed that a space in the Tunkhannock CSC will offer MAT, as well as a physician to help people struggling with addiction.
“It’s not that we’re against it. There are other locations that are much more suited for this,” Barziloski said.
Henry said the commissioners only support providing MAT at Tyler and servicing Wyoming County residents.
In the near future, he wants to bring Hopkins in for a meeting to explain these plans, and Barziloski said council members want to sit in on it.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners ratified using Act 13 funds to purchase elections equipment software and election machines for the county’s new Clear Ballot election system.
Commissioner Tom Henry said Gov. Tom Wolf has agreed to cover half of the costs, and more funding may come from state senators working on Help America Vote.
The new paper ballot system will not be ready for the May 21 primary, but will be ready likely for the November election.
Commissioners ratified Elections Director Florence Kellett to proceed with plans to have the new election machines ready for November.
As part of the county’s contract with Clear Ballot, the company will decertify and destroy the old election equipment.
A new addition to the county’s website, wycopa.org, is an application that allows residents to find their polling place based on their home address.
Henry encouraged the public to enroll in Smart911, which is also available on the county’s website.
An active shooter video will be the first step in training for courthouse employees, explained Commissioner Michael Stabinsky, after which employees will have a Q&A in small classroom settings.
This training will come together with a future active shooter drill at the courthouse.
The commissioners approved adoption papers for two children through Children and Youth Services.
They also hired Samantha Roszel, who formerly worked in Susquehanna County, as a telecommunicator trainee at the Wyoming County 911 center and ratified hiring Nancy Tinna as an independent agent for the CCAP Insurance Program.
Tinna has worked for the county before, but moved from one location to another.
The commissioners gave final acceptance for a Stanley control panel at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility, which was installed on May 10 and has been in use since then.
They also approved an extension on Trinity Services Group’s contract with the correctional facility. Trinity supplies the facility’s food and commissary for inmates.
An addition from Berks County to a contract for the seven-county task force was also approved.
The commissioners were to participate in a public hearing Tuesday evening at the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency Center to discuss ways to use block grant funding with mental health and drug/alcohol officials.
There was another public hearing held prior to this on Monday.
In light of National Older Americans Month, the Area Agency of Aging will have an informational booth set up in the courthouse Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Northern Tier and the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce are also teaming up this Thursday for a job fair at Shadowbrook Resort from 2 to 7 p.m.
The Wyoming County Commissioners are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, May 28 at 9 a.m.