More staffing needed to support county services

NORWICH – Chenango County Public Health Department officials requested to add a part-time clerical worker at $11,000 plus benefits to the county’s 2008 budget. Benefits would be necessary in order to hire a qualified candidate, they said.

The individual would become what’s called “a single point of entry” for those in need of long term public health, mental health, social services or elderly care. The account clerk/typist position is the result of the county opting to take on a state recommended program late last year that came with a $57,000 grant.

DSS Commissioner Bette Osborne said the position was identified by a newly created council whose members represent the four departments and local government, area clergy and representatives from the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. It was also suggested by Chenango Health Network who was contracted with to make assessments of all the long term care options available in the county.

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