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Friday, March 25, 2016

Potter County's Women's Residential Rehab Center Marks First Year Of Operation

Successes Grow As Women’s Center Observes Anniversary



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Matt Shimkanin
Potter County’s innovative Women’s Residential Rehabilitation Center has received national recognition at the same time it observes its first anniversary.  

County News, a publication of the National Association of Counties that’s widely circulated across the country and in the U.S. Congress, featured a report on the facility in a recent edition. It’s located on the campus of the Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley and is a project of the Potter County Commissioners, in cooperation with the court system, Potter County Human Services and other partners. 

Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover recently approved a three-month lease extension with the NTCH board of directors, which was a requirement to continue qualifying the center for state funding. 

More than 90 percent of the women referred there from the courts have met all rehabilitative goals and been released. 

Director Melissa Gee, Supervisor Matt Shimkanin and caseworkers are responsible for coordinating a comprehensive schedule that includes access to drug, alcohol, mental health and educational services. Work release is available for some residents.

Melissa Gee
Melissa Gee
Administrators have revised staff training, admission criteria, disciplinary procedures, visitation policies and other operational aspects. The center now accepts referrals from Cameron County for a $65 per day, and officials have approached Tioga County about accepting women from that county who meet admission criteria. Other counties have expressed interest in studying Potter County’s center as a model. Most recently, Gary Tennis, Secretary of Alcohol and Drug Programs, requested more information.

Women who are court-ordered to the Harrison Valley facility receive comprehensive services designed to reduce their chances of re-offending. The center is open to non-violent women, many of whom are in need of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, employability support, educational assistance and other services. 

They’re housed in a residential setting, where families are able to visit and participate in structured counseling sessions with the detainee. 

Potter County Judge Stephen Minor and District Attorney Andy Watson, along with defense lawyers, confer to determine if a woman offender is eligible for admission to the center as an alternative to jail. 

State funding is covering the majority of costs. “Cost avoidance” is also part of the funding package. Potter County currently pays approximately $65 per day to send its female offenders to out-of-county jails, so operating the Harrison Valley center as an alternative is reducing those costs. Approximately 2,500 jail days have been avoided as a result of the center’s opening last March.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

TOO FUNNY! Old story submitted to a magazine. Where are the pictures of the case managers who actually work for the county not just her pet who is staff at Northern Tier?

Anonymous said...

Actually not funny. Yet another example of treatment for something that the state promotes..ALCOHOL!! Did you see what McKean County court system's largest case load? Yep, you're right! ALCOHOL yet again! DUI related cases. When are people going to realize that the treatment, court and other costs borne by the state exceed the tax revenue collected by the state!! No, the revenue from the alcohol taxes is far less than the money spent to treat the outcome of alcohol abuse. Not even considering the human toll. The children abused due to someone's alcohol abuse, foster care, mental health care, other CYS costs. Spousal abuse, Drunken assaults, DUI deaths and injuries. Imprisonment costs. Get the picture yet?

Anonymous said...

How can a one year anniversary be an old story if it opened one year ago? First comment makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

Why can't someone post the income and expenses concerning this facility? Operating expenses and Employee expenses? Does the Children's home hire people. Do the Commissioners hire people? How many employees came from Human Svcs.? Why is the facility called the Northern Tier Children's Home and/or Adelphoi Village? It's a Woman's Detention Center. They don't just house alcoholics and drug addicts - what about the one accused of murder? This facility certainly is not paying for itself. Who pays who and out of what account? Are the staff drug tested and do any have a criminal background? Too many questions here.

Anonymous said...

It is an old article! Google the words if you do not believe me! they have been reporting the same things over and over. the only new line is the success rate. YET, at least two people have come back that left there.

Anonymous said...


Never assume that you are completely anonymous and cannot be identified by your posts.


Never assume that you are completely anonymous and cannot be identified by your posts.

Anonymous said...

Comment to 9:47 (who is also 11:12 and 10:45). First of all you still have a sign out by Horse Run Road in Shinglehouse that has been there since November. Second of all your questions need to be asked to the people who can answer them. What makes you think the people reading this have those answers? Ask the right people. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

I am the first and 10:45 and I know nothing about signs. I also don't care if someone knows who I am. I just don't happen to have a Google account. However, you are anonymous so I laugh. Nuff? Not sure what that is....