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“‘Peer Support’ Local mental health consumers are helping each other”

Link to: WTO06122015C01 (pdf format)

The article on Peer Support available through the above link, appeared in the Warren Times Observer on June 12, 2015. The article talks about a variety of Peer programs found at Beacon Light Behavioral Health in Warren, PA.  I felt the article gave a really good representation of some of the changes being seen in Warren County with regards to mental health treatment.

The pdf file was provided to me by Diane Paddock who wrote the piece for the Warren Times Observer, and shared here with her permission. The Warren Times Observer website is located at http://timesobserver.com

“Homeless in Warren County Out of sight, out of…”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Warren County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Warren County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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This November 1, 2012 article found on the Warren Times Observer website talks about homelessness in Warren County, PA  the article points out that unlike the homeless in other places, folks in this area tend to be less visible and as such, they are often overlooked by the community who doesn’t see their need and as a result doesn’t reach out to this population.


“Help For Homeless”

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This article appearing on October 12, 2012 on the TimesObserver.com website discusses efforts being made by Warren E.O.C. to receive a grant that would enable them to help homeless people in the area find long-term housing.


“Beacon Light to absorb some county services”

This was found at http://timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/503965.html?nav=5006&showlayout=0    in the Warren Times-Observer’s website on Thursday, July 24, 2008.  It discusses some changes occurring in Warren County’s mental health system (northwestern part of, PA)

Beacon Light to absorb some county services

By DEAN WELLS dwells@timesobserver.com

POSTED: July 24, 2008

Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems will now play a bigger role in the mental health industry in Warren County.

On Wednesday night during the Warren County Commissioners regular meeting – held in Tidioute in the Tidioute Towers – the commissioners approved a contract with Beacon Light for the agency to absorb outpatient mental health, intensive case management and resource coordination services from the county’s Department of Human Services.

The change is scheduled to begin taking place on Aug. 4 when Beacon Light takes over DHS’s outpatient services.

According to Mary Kushner, DHS director, seven employees will be affected by the transfer. She stated that all DHS employees affected by the change will be interviewed by Beacon Light.

The intensive case management and resource coordination sources are scheduled to be transferred in September, Kushner said.Kushner explained that the changes were due to additional requirements put in place as part of the state’s change over to managed care.

Beacon Light is a privately owned, non-profit agency that employs over 700 people in several counties across northern Pa. with $25 million in annual revenue.

“Our existing relationship with Beacon Light has been very positive and advantageous to the community and the people that need help in our area,” Commissioner John Bortz said. “This change will allow for improved service delivery to consumers and while better managing the county’s costs. It’s a win-win situation.”

“This is a great opportunity for the county to further its relationship with Beacon Light and to improve the services that people receive,” Kushner said. “People will see little, if any change in the way they currently access services given Beacon Light’s existing presence, including the partial ownership of Deerfield Behavioral Health. It should be a relatively seamless transition.”

In other business, the commissioner approved a resolution appropriating $150,000 in Growing Greener II funds for the Hotel/Conference Center project in downtown Warren.

The resolution was required as part of the application sent in to Harrisburg to proceed with the project.

“It will be interesting to hear further updates on the conference center,” Bortz said. “It’s been quite awhile. The city of Warren did move forward with its convention authority. I questioned whether or not the commissioners would be invited on that. It would have been nice if the commissioners had been invited.”

The commissioners also:

authorized payment of monthly bills in tune of $330,000;

rejected all bids for the Rouse renovation project due to the project going over budget. “It’s a great project,” Commissioner John Eggleston said. “It’s unfortunate they weren’t able to get it bidded at the projected budget.”

approved a bid for $64,320 for the reconstruction of Scott Street in Tidioute by IA Construction.

approved providing $400 in funding for the Chandlers Valley Gala Day. According to Eggleston, the event goes toward improving the play area and community center in Chandlers Valley.

“They have a very active group of people down there working hard to keep that community looking good,” Eggleston said.

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