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Commissioners approve mental health, community justice agreements

A trio of agreements related to mental health and community justice-related services served as primary actions approved on Wednesday, Aug. 21, by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

The first is an agreement for Lake County Mental Health with the state Department of Human Services, providing a contract that includes behavior modification and skills training services for children in foster care, foster providers and the biological parents.

The contract affords LCMH to provide the necessary mental health assessments for children entering the foster care system.  The county will receive $24,000 over the next two years for LCMH to provide these services, according to the agreement’s paperwork.

A second agreement is a routine document with the Oregon Health Authority that designates LCMH to continue serving as the county’s provider of mental health and addiction services.

The new agreement is in light of the start of the new 2013-15 biennium.

A third agreement addressed an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Youth Authority as part of a grant that offsets detention costs.

The grant amount from OYA is $15,872, and the IGA’s effective agreement is through June 2015, according to the agreement’s paperwork.

Additional business included the approval of a bid with Basin Telecom of Klamath Falls for security upgrades to the courthouse facility.  The commissioners also approved a contract with Richard Bartel Construction for airport improvement work.

The commissioners also hosted a visit by the Oregon/Washington State Bureau of Land Management director, Jerry Perez, and received updates on current water conditions by local water master Brian Mayer.

During a break in the Commissioners’ discussions, local business owner and resident Frank Villagrana voiced concerns of a local struggling economy, particularly where local businesses are concerned.

He asked the Commissioners to “step it up” in terms of supporting the local business community.  Commissioner Ken Kestner noted that a need exists for businesses that will bring people in to the community.

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