County on the hook for treatment of CIT consumer

CHENANGO – Chenango County is on the hook for more than $48,000 in inpatient hospitalization and treatment for a Valley Ridge Center for Intensive Treatment (CIT) consumer, despite claims of promises to local officials that county taxpayers would never incur any costs of the state-run CIT facility in Norwich.

The issue was brought before members of the Chenango County Health and Human Services Committee at their December monthly meeting. Chenango Behavioral Health Services Director Ruth Roberts said that her department has been billed $48,699 for intensive treatment received by a CIT consumer while in custody at the Chenango County jail.

Roberts explained that the issue stems from an incident that occurred in December, 2014, in which a CIT consumer was arraigned in Norwich Town Court on charges of assault to a Valley Ridge CIT employee. That consumer was ordered to the Chenango County Correctional Facility.

“Somewhere along that progression, it was determined that he required inpatient hospitalization, so he had to be moved,” said Roberts.

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