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â€¢ Peggy Petlon, of Delaware County Community Services, encouraged residents to contact her office at 927-5116 for assistance with everything from shelter and food needs, to seeking counseling as a result of the disaster.
A public hearing was held and the board was addressed by Delaware County CPC (Central Point of Coordination) Director Peggy Petlon, in regards to the proposed amendment to the Northeast Iowa Mental Health and Disabilities Services System Administrative Plan serving Delaware County.
The counties under this plan meet once a month to discuss issues regarding the plan and to review the plan criteria. According to Petlon, the current plan includes a section that deals with vocational and supported community living services pertaining to individuals over the 150 percent of poverty guidelines. Petlon requested that the board approve to eliminate this section and only fund these services for those that are at 150 percent of poverty guidelines or below. These services are not mandated and due to a 10 percent cut, Petlon felt that by restricting these services it would free up some resources for the mental health services.
As part of the agreement, Peggy Petlon, the director of Delaware County Community Services, will present a quarterly report to the supervisors.
Peggy Petlon, director of Delaware County Community Services, presented the final draft.
Peggy Petlon, director of community services for the county, said the center has been in the works at one level or another for the last nine years, but has never, until now, been developed beyond the planning stage due to other county priorities that always managed to siphon monies away from the project.
The county finally secured funding from the various levels of government that allowed the center to be built and maintained. After considering different sites throughout the county, the decision was made by the center's advisory board to add on to the existing community services building, which was initially planned to have just such a drop-in center at the time it was designed. The county was able to fund the addition by spreading the construction costs over two fiscal years, Petlon noted. "It's been amazing," Petlon said. "We have 23 members already. We thought after two or three months, we may have 10. She added that statistics have shown that drop-in centers help cut back on the amount of commitment calls - suicide scenarios - authorities respond to. The center's hours of operation are currently Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. Petlon presented a progress report to the Delaware County Supervisors at a recent board meeting. She offered that "Our drop-in center is one of the nicest and best organized â€¦ Having a new drop-in center in an era of budget concerns demonstrates how far Delaware County is willing to go (to develop such a program)." Petlon said the center was originally planned to open in August, but the breach of the Lake Delhi levee in late July delayed those plans, as the center became an improvised shelter for flood victims.