County may have to pick up part of tab for parenting classes

NORWICH Cuts in state reimbursements could result in Chenango County picking up a portion of the cost for court-ordered parenting classes through the end of the year.

Currently, the Chenango County Department of Social Services contracts with Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of Central New York, Inc. to provide the mandated courses, using New York State Community Optional Preventative Services (COPS) funds to pay for it. Now, due to regulation changes in reimbursements of Medicaid and federal revenue sharing funds, DSS Director Bette Osborne said the county would receive COPS funds to cover only 73 percent of the cost of the classes. She estimated her budget would be short about $6,000 by the end of the year.

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