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Friday, March 20, 2015

History Is Made: Potter County Women’s Center Opens

Potter County Today

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, was a historic day as the first four residents arrived at the new Potter County Women’s Residential Rehabilitation Center, located 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. 

womenscenterMelissa Gee (right) of Potter County Human Services is the center administrator. She’s shown at the recent open house speaking with Deb Rudy, district aide for State Senator Joe Scarnati, and Phil Vaughn, president of the Northern Tier Children’s Home board of directors. Last week, a representative from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office toured the center and told directors that it is being studied as a possible model for other county criminal justice systems to follow.

It’s a project of the Potter County Board of Commissioners and has been spearheaded by Human Services Administrator Jim Kockler, who said there’s no center like it in Pennsylvania and few others in the nation. Commissioner Doug Morley explained at the board’s business meeting on Thursday that 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. 

About 15 jobs have been created — some filled by Potter County Human Services and some by Northern Tier Children’s Home.

Bradford Era article reports:
Two service contracts between the county and the Northern Tier Children’s Home related to the rehabilitation center were approved. The first was for the lease and residential services, not to exceed $295,000; the second to provide funding for staff at a cost not to exceed $125,000. Both agreements run from Feb. 1, 2015 through Feb. 1, 2016. A portion of these funds came from a grant facilitated through Potter County Human Services.

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. The Community Re-Entry Initiative has been drafted by a committee from the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and will soon be implemented.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

We have been following this project from the start and it's great to see it get off the ground. Warehousing prisoners doesn't solve anything and creates more problems than it solves. Very pleased they have also added an element for men at the jail.

Anonymous said...

Great progress.

Anonymous said...

This is only going to cause a larger drug problem for the area and it was not needed.

Anonymous said...

This program was very needed to save Potter County taxpayers money. The program will also keep the women out of jail and teach them the needed skills they need to survive once they leave the program. The program will assist the women in finding work suitable for them and if needed they will be assisted in receiving their GED.

Anonymous said...

We all have a choice in life and you can choose the wrong way or the right way. It is always about the money, These woman chose to do the wrong thing, but once again our society says we need to take care of them. They are God's children and they need a place to go to where they can be in worship with God and be taught God's way! This is the guidance they need!

Anonymous said...

It is ALL about the Grant money just like the yellow ribbon deal and keeping some of the Special human service people in the loop. Someone that was arrested years ago for dwi should not be in charge of these people...Just like Wellsville ,NY... these misfits will bring MORE of their Trash in to the County...It will NOT be GOOD but the County is selling US out for that Grant $$$$$$...$70.00 is Cheap compared to what the final out come is going to be...

Anonymous said...

@7:18 PM. Righteous much? So you are saying someone who has been alleged by you to have had a DUI years ago is not qualified to run a program designed to help those very people? A DUI disqualifies them from being a leader? Got facts regarding your figures and claims? I'm waiting...