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Lassen County Times . Tuesday, May 1, 2007 13 k : , By Shayla Ashmore Staff Writer sashmore@la~sennews.corn Family Resource Centers in Westwood, Big Valley and. Fort Sage will stay open for at least "three more years, if Lassen County's budget does- n't totally fall apart. Each center will get $35,000 a year for 36 months from the county. The funding was approved througha motion passed 3-1 at the Tuesday, April 24 Board of Supervisors meeting. The motion also included an exit clause, enabling the county to withdraw the fund- ing if the "budgetary situa- tion deteriorates and we need to draw on that money for Brian DaMe Board Chairman The Aurora Network will pro- vide receptionist services. "When the :new funding streams ,are developed, the FRCs can expand services and staffing hours," he wrote, Mannel told the board the Fort Sage center's director has agreed to cut back to working only three days a week. "I'm hoping that we continue to find more partners. That's that trick, to find more partners." board the Big Valley center has already attracted part- ners to provide services. It has received between $16,000 and $20,000 in outside funding from local and regional agen: cies and is looking at an addi- tional $20,000. She said hav- ing to find funding creates more buy-in from-community members. "When we did our farm auction last year -- and'I tell you I had somebody call me last week for a farm auction catalogue and I went, 'Maybe next year or the year after,'" Arnold said. "Maybe like 10 years," DaMe said. "But we made over $80,000 that went to the community. necessities," according to training; nutrition classesi Brian Dahle County Administrative Officer John Ketelsen. referrals for physical, dental District: Supe isor We got a small percentage of that, but was exciting to see something like that where the community all joined in," she said, adding the FRC just started a part- Llyon Keefer District 3 Supervisor county that actually hadn't been here foe quite a while." She said having the county send services to the outlying t each, Ketelsen said, "I would: n't even talk to the-consul- rants anymore about facili- ties. There's no point in going through that." Ketelsen said he will brin :) a contract for services back tob the board for approval at a;: future meeting. Ct District 1 Supervisor Jimand behavioral testing; trans- Chapman was absent from portation and adult in-home the meeting. ' District 3supportive services. "I'm hoping that we contin- Supervisor Lloyd Keefer person from the commu- ue to find more partners," nership with a statewide areas is a huge asset. voted against the motion, say- nity can stop, receive an Board Chairman Brian DaMe" caregiver resource center. -Ketelsen said he wants to ing he would have supported array of services and hopeful- said. "That's the trick, to find "It's bringing new services use the rest of the roughly two years of funding at ly prevent that person from more partners." to Lassen and M0doc counties $300,000 a year tobacco settle- $35,000a year. going to multiple locations," through the Big Valley ment money to support hir- Mannel said. "In particular, Tobacco settlement Family Resource Center," ing a consultant for a bond people who may be under a The board chose to cur the Arnold said. "And slowly it's issue to build more county Jim Chapman lot of stress at the time or are current funding becausefunding more and more of office space. District 1' -: financially challenged, we Ketelsen said the county what we do. That is bringinga If the board had voted toSupervisor '"; should try to figure out how needs the Master Settlement brand new service to the give the FRCs $75,000 a year ,! to get services to them." Agreement funding from the . . Services to outlying areas November 1998 multi-state e o om" # in Westwood, Big Valley and tobacco settlement. States Fort Sage areas have been hit- received the money after they and-miss, he told the board, sued tobacco manufacturers "We assume that we're for the cost of treating the F starting to build a case load smoking-related illnesses of : o serving an area, then we find Medicaid patients. " |[| out over time that either the The board established the III service need or the finances FRCs in 2003 and funded them don't support it," ManNelusing tobacco settlement |[| Sara| May 5th Q 1 0amm 2pro said. money for three years at Funding one-stop centers at $100200 each. That funding half the current $75.000 a ended by October 2006. At year will force the FRCs "to that time, the board voted to (across from the Pizza Factory) develop alternative funding give each center $75,000 for streams or reduce their staff one more year, askingMannel Newly remodeled home Kevha Mmmel in order to cost contain all to come up with a plan for Deputy County Aami rafive expenditures," according to future funding, for a great price. Health and Social Services the option paper Mannel pro- The two centers in The money will provide sented to the board. Westwood and Big Valley core services at a one-stop In addition to continued formed a non-profit corpora- location, according to Kevin full funding, the option paper tion called Communities Office (530) Harmony Mannel, deputy county also considered giving the United for Children and 257-6994 Teach administrative officer for centers no money at all. He Families. 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