Number of new social services cases down

NORWICH – The number of new social services cases are down in the county despite an influx of individuals applying for assistance, and officials say it’s due to successful diversion tactics.

“We’ve been able to get cars back on the road and help people to find jobs so that they are on assistance for a shorter term,” Chenango County Social Services Commissioner Bette Osborne said during her third quarter report to town supervisors Tuesday.

The Department of Social Services has the largest budget in the county. It represents about approximately $12 million of the county’s $22.7 million budget.

All budget lines after September were at least 75 percent or below, especially for day care, family assistance and home energy assistance. New York State picked up the latter costs in July of this year.

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