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Fillmore County may participate in a Chemical and Mental Health Program redesign


Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any of the counties. The southeast region is applying to form the South East Minnesota Chemical Health/Dual Recovery Results Accountability Initiative as a pilot program. The central administration would probably be located in Rochester with hubs in Owatonna and Winona and service centers in each of the other counties.

The plan would coincide with Governor Tim Pawlenty's philosophy which envisions 15 Human Service Delivery Centers Statewide. It would also be in line with the Association of Minnesota Counties Redesign Project which wants government to be more flexible, transparent and efficient. It would coordinate the Chemical Dependency fund along with behavioral health and general health.

The model expects a decrease in overall costs for inpatient services. Chemical and mental health services would be integrated. However, at this time there are not chemical health/dual recovery services already in place regionally. The question is, if there would be enough funding available to establish the regional program. How can they take the separately run programs and bring them together smoothly and efficiently?

Other Social Service Business

• The board approved a revised county Burial policy which was effective as of July 1. The county is required by state law to provide burial for indigent persons and assume financial responsibility. The law was last changed in 1992. The first choice for a county burial is direct cremation unless cremation is contrary to beliefs or wishes of the deceased in which case the county would provide immediate burial. Assets available would be applied to county burial costs.

Originally the policy stated "the county does not pay for interment of ashes." Commissioner Marc Prestby wanted the language changed to take into account religious beliefs. The board decided to just change the language to include under other burial costs the county will cover: "Vault/grave box and urn." The policy will be reviewed biennially. Boyd noted the county has provided four burials so far in 2009.

• Boyd said there are eight to ten children in the Children's Mental Health Day treatment program. The collaborative effort is paid in part by mental health grant money .....
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County continues agreement with Fillmore Family Resources

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Amy Becker, Fillmore Family Resources, Inc., explained the service their organization performs for victims of crime to the county board at their June 23 meeting. Fillmore Family Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides a needed service fo ..... 
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Rushford halts airport hangar construction

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the June 22nd meeting, the city council began by putting a temporary halt on a plan for development at the Municipal Airport. The action plan calls for the design and construction of a 6-unit T-hangar project. While the city is eligible for a sta ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council, citizens discuss Bunge's request

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several Lanesboro residents turned out for the public hearing with questions and concerns on June 22. Andy and Eric Bunge of Bunge Construction have requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for property they own downtown.

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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

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Ropes speaks and listens in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL continued a trip around her district addressing the Chatfield City Council at their June 22 meeting. She stressed that we all need to get through this together in part by keeping in touch as much as possible.< ..... 
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Grant approved for Preston, Chatfield and Ostrander

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their June 10 meeting that the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant was approved in the amount of $474,200. He reminded them that the state/federal grant was applied for la ..... 
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County signaling level budget for 2010

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown asked the board's direction to department heads in planning the 2010 budget at the June 9 meeting. She wanted to be able to give department heads notice as to limits on salary and wage increases. Brown warned that a po ..... 
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Spring Valley budget cuts?

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expendi ..... 
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