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Friday, February 6, 2015

Potter County Women’s Rehabilitation Center Opens This Month In Harrison Valley

Open House Thursday Features Tour and Introduction of Administrators & Staff of New Potter County Rehab Center

ntchildhomeAn open house on Thursday, Feb. 12, will introduce the public to the new Potter County Women’s Residential Rehabilitation Center, which is scheduled to open later this month in the former Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley. 

Many women who would otherwise be sent to jails in Lock Haven, Wellsboro or other towns will serve their time at the center, where they’ll receive a host of services designed to reduce the likelihood that they’ll be back in court. 

Thursday’s open house, scheduled for 10 am to 2 pm, will include a tour of the center and introduction of administrators and staff.

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Jim Kockler, PCHS Administrator
It’s a project of the Potter County Board of Commissioners and has been spearheaded by Human Services Administrator Jim Kockler (left), who said there’s no center like it in Pennsylvania and few others in the nation. The facility will house non-violent female inmates, many of whom are in need of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, employability support, educational assistance and other services. 

The county pays an average of $70 per day to rent jail cells in other counties, since the Potter County Jail is not equipped to house women. Cost savings from keeping those inmates in Potter County are expected to offset expenses at the new center. A state grant has been secured to subsidize the operations for the first two years. 

Discussions are underway with officials from neighboring counties about sending their female offenders to the center.

Judge Stephen Minor and District Attorney Andy Watson will have to approve each defendant who’s sentenced to the facility. Potter County Probation Department will also be involved. The program complements the county’s “specialty courts” project, providing special handling of criminal cases involving alcoholics and other drug addicts. The women will be housed in a residential setting, where families will able to visit and participate in structured counseling sessions with the detainee. A complementary effort is underway to improve re-entry services for men who are nearing their release at the Potter County Jail.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

will there be a similar institution for men?

Anonymous said...

Yeah it is called the Potter County Jail....

Anonymous said...

3:22, read the last sentence of the story.
3:43, that was a good response.
This is a really positive thing.

Anonymous said...

not the same thing 4:16.

the idea is to keep the women out of jail; the men get to go after incarceration.

Anonymous said...

It's about time. My hat goes off to Potter County. Now lets start recognizing drug addiction as a disease and treat it as such. Incarceration for drug addiction isn't helping the person overcome the issues that lead people into drug addiction. It only serves to keep that person clean and safe. Jails don't help the person who is addicted.

Anonymous said...

All the rehab in the world is worthless unless someone is willing to hire these people, rent to them, give them the second chance they deserve.

Anonymous said...

I don't know whare they say the jail is not equipped to hold female inmates.i worked their for years.and when it was remoled they made the 2nd floor of the jail for female inmates.they have the machines for the womens sanitary napkins and other things that the women will need while housed there. it gets old hereing that they can't house women their. ask are sherriff if its equipped to hold women.and listen to his story its a joke.

Anonymous said...

ok 8:40, are you pulling our leg or what?

Anonymous said...

nope its the truth.

Anonymous said...

The potter co.jail does have a whole new section they put on years ago for woman and it has never been used bcuz they dont want to spend the money to hire female guards.whether it be a male or female,an addict is an addict,its an addiction,a disease.jail isn't going to help,all it does is bring the person down that really wants and needs the rehabilitation help.a male should now have to goto jail,just bcuz of his gender,while a female gets to goto a rehab facility!!!as long as it isnt due to violence or a crime,they should be treated equally!!!they are sick people,and need to goto a place with a program that is going to help them!the maple manor in port...it houses both men and women,but only for 28days.the do A LOT of aa/na work in there daily,and usually 2meetings a day.the rehab works if you want it to and you stick with it.but there needs to be more options out there in this area for not just woman,the men need to be treated equally!!!why are the women goona get an easy ride to a rehab for drug addiction,but the men with the same problem get sent to jail? They are all equal addicts with this disease who deserve the same help.throwing a man in a sell bcuz he has a drug problem...whats that teach him?NOTHING...send him to a recovery,and work the program and steps with him,there will be less repeat offenders.whether it be male or female,they should be treated equally!not alienated the male like he is some monster bcuz he has the same addictive disease as those woman! That is wrong and crazy!if men need jail time,so do women,but either way throwing them in jail doesnt help the disease,it just causes more anger and resentment towards the system...get them all the equal help they need and deserve to clean up these streets!

Anonymous said...

So typical. They couldnt get funding to keep the childrens home open? Woman are joke throw there asses in jail like they do the men. Addiction is a choice and potter county is more than willing to exploit the tax payers for the junky bitches.

Unknown said...

5 years later.. how is that "work underway" going? Did they break ground yet? Or even find a location? No? Ah.. seems as though Men are second class citizens as of late...