MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata County residents are currently saving up to 28 percent on prescription drug purchases.
Human Services Director Allison Fisher reported the county's monthly savings during a regular board meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners held Tuesday in Mifflintown. She said the discounts are available to any Juniata County resident through the Prescription Discount Card Program.
Fisher said the card works like a cutout coupon and is not attached to any personal information. Residents can pick up cards at no cost at the courthouse or local pharmacies. They can be used at any local pharmacy, Fisher said. In March, the cards saved residents more than $8,000, she said.
"That's huge for a county of our size," she said.
Juniata County Chief Clerk Jim Bahorik added that cards may also cover some pet medications prescribed by veterinarians.
Fisher urged county residents to take advantage of the program and said they can be replaced if the card is lost. More information about the discount program is available at www.co.juniata.pa.us under the "Prescription and Dental Discounts" button.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners approved a recommendation from David Grey, SEDA-COG community development project coordinator, for the disbursal of 2013 Community Development Block Grant funds. The recommendation designated $86,498 to the EMS Black Log communications tower project, $102,102 to the Port Royal Municipal Authority and $41,400 for administration costs.
Grey said the municipal authority is under a consent order of the Department of Environmental Protection to make necessary improvements to the facility. The authority must be in compliance by 2015, he said. Grey said the project was selected because he believes the allotment of funds may serve as leverage into competitive funding for the authority.
Also during the meeting, Chris Wysocki, administrator for Juniata Valley Behavioral and Developmental Services, presented an interim report to the board. He said the new fiscal year is coming comfortably overall, but the department remains underfunded for early intervention, which is an entitlement service. The department is waiting for compensation through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, he said.
Wysocki said money was set aside for mental health and intellectual disability emergencies during the past year but none were reported. Some other monies were also not used this year and will be invested in trauma informed care and physical health training.
In other new business, the commissioners:
Approved a consulting agreement with Helen Henry, former children and youth director, on an as-needed support basis for Penni Abrams, current director. The commissioners approved a salary of $24 per hour.
Ratified agreements between Juniata County and INFOCON Corporation for digital imaging and backup services, submitted by Lori Ferry, prothonotary. Maintenance fees are in addition to the prothonotary's current $750 INFOCON monthly software fees. New services include online data processing service with document imaging for the clerk of courts at a cost of $250 per month and for the prothonotary at a cost of $340 per month and remote image files backup services agreement at a cost of $75 per month for up to 100 GB of storage.
Approved the purchase of service agreement between Juniata County Children and Youth Services, the Juniata County Probation Department and Bethany Christian Services of Central PA, submitted by Penni Abram, children and youth director. The agreement shall be in force and effect from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, inclusive.
Approved the Hazardous Material Emergency Response Fund grant application, submitted by Allen Weaver, emergency services director.
Approved voided CDBG-IDIS check No. 1,165 and checks Nos. 1,166 in the amount of $14,980 to SEDA-COG for administration and 1,167 in the amount of $19,500 to Hostler Custom Woodworks for a housing rehabilitation project.
Ratified hazardous materials check No. 1,156 in the amount of $249.98 to Quill for supplies.
Approved checks Nos. 37,431 to 37,473 in the amount of $43,831.06.
After the regular board meeting, the salary board approved a salary of $45,000 per year for the Juniata County Children and Youth director.