TO:Health & Human Services Committee
Maria Kowalczyk, Chair, Legislator, District 8
Martin P. Kelly, Legislator, District 1
Brian D. Sweet, Legislator, District 2
Herbert T. Allen, Legislator, District 3
Robert Headwell, Jr., Legislator, District 4
Daniel P. Wilson, Legislator, District 5
- VACANT, Legislator, District 6
Michael J. Pepe, Legislator, District 7
Robert A. Purtell, Legislator, District 9
FROM:Cheryl A. Reese, Clerk of the Legislature
CC:Legislators, County Attorney, County Treasurer, Public Health Director, Commissioner of Social Services, Media
DATE:2/29/2024
RE:Committee Meetings

Chair Maria Kowalczak has called a meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee for 6:02 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 in the Legislative Chambers, County Office Building, 64 Broadway, Fonda, New York 12068.  

This meeting is in person, however, members of the public may participate by calling 1-872-240-3212, Access Code: 188-026-165. Minutes of the meeting will be transcribed and later posted on the Montgomery County website at www.co.montgomery.ny.us

Items on the agenda, at this time, are as follows:

1.  (DISCUSSION)

 A.  Privilege of Committee Chair, Committee Members & Legislators to discuss items of interest, etc., regarding departments governed by this Committee 

2. RESOLUTION AMENDING 2023 OPERATING BUDGET - NYSDOH 2022 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE AWARD (PUBLIC HEALTH)

3. RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2023 OPERATING BUDGET (PUBLIC HEALTH)

4. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM (SOCIAL SERVICES)

5. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH STEUBEN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (SOCIAL SERVICES)

6. RESOLUTION ACCEPTING ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES GRANTS (SOCIAL SERVICES)

7. RESOLUTION ACCEPTING RENTAL SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING (SOCIAL SERVICES)

8.RESOLUTION ACCEPTING TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE FUNDING (SOCIAL SERVICES)

9. OTHER



Proposed Resolutions

Res. #Sponsor/SecondRecommendation
17

RESOLUTION AMENDING 2023 OPERATING BUDGET - NYSDOH 2022 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE AWARD (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Purtell/PepeMove to Full Legislature
18

RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2023 OPERATING BUDGET (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Wilson/SweetMove to Full Legislature
19

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM (SOCIAL SERVICES)

Pepe/SweetMove to Full Legislature
20

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH STEUBEN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (SOCIAL SERVICES)

Wilson/SweetMove to Full Legislature
21

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES GRANTS (SOCIAL SERVICES)

Kelly/PepeMove to Full Legislature
22

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING RENTAL SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING (SOCIAL SERVICES)

Wilson/PurtellMove to Full Legislature
23

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE FUNDING (SOCIAL SERVICES)

Sweet/PepeMove to Full Legislature



Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 17 of 2023

DATED: January 24, 2023

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION AMENDING 2023 OPERATING BUDGET - NYSDOH 2022 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE AWARD (PUBLIC HEALTH)


Resolution by Legislator: Purtell
Seconded by: Pepe

WHEREAS, the Montgomery County Public Health Department participated in the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Local Health Department Performance Incentive Initiative focused on collecting COVID-19 pandemic response information from March to September of 2022; and

WHEREAS, the Montgomery County Public Health Department had strong participation in the program; and

WHEREAS, the NYSDOH has awarded the Montgomery County Public Health Department incentive funding in the amount of $13,708 based on the achieved performance.

RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Legislature hereby authorizes and directs the County Treasurer to amend the 2023 Operating Budget as follows:

INCREASE REVENUES:    
A-16-3-3401-00 State Aid - Public Health  $13,708.00
     
INCREASE APPROPRIATIONS:    
A-16-4-4010-00.4470 Travel   $3,708.00
A-16-4-4010-00.4471 Mileage  $1,000.00
A-16-4-4010-00.4491  Advertising $9,000.00

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(7). Legislators Wilson and VACANT were absent. (1/24/2023)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

To accept award and amend Article 6 State Aid appropriations and revenues in the 2023 Operating Budget - NYSDOH 2022 Local Health Department Performance Incentive Award.


II. Justification:

NYSDOH has granted an additional funding award to the Montgomery County Public Health Department.  Funds are to be utilized to continue and support Article 6 State Aid Eligible programs.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Charter, the Montgomery County Legislature has the power to make appropriations.


IV. Financial Impact:

Total appropriations will be offset by an equivalent amount of additional revenue, therefore, there is no financial impact other than making the awarded funds available in the current year's budget.  Awarded funds must be accpeted and appropriated in the 2023 budget in order to be utilized to support eligible program services.



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 18 of 2023

DATED: January 24, 2023

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2023 OPERATING BUDGET (PUBLIC HEALTH)


Resolution by Legislator: Wilson
Seconded by: Sweet

WHEREAS, Resolution 201 of 2021 authorized Montgomery County to enter into a settlement agreement relative the the opiod crisis; and

WHEREAS, funds have been received as a result of that settlement and it is necessary to amend the 2023 Operating Budget.

RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to amend the 2023 Operating Budget as follows:

INCREASE REVENUES:    
 A-17-3-3489 State Aid – Other Health Programs  $238,807.18
     
INCREASE APPROPRIATIONS:    
A-17-4-4230-00-.4555  Drug Abuse Prevention  $238,807.18

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(7). Legislators Wilson and VACANT were absent. (1/24/2023)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2023 OPERATING BUDGET (PUBLIC HEALTH)


II. Justification:

Funds have been received from a settlement in the County's favor that need to be properly allocated within the 2023 Operating Budget.


III. Legislative Impact:

Authorized pursuant to Article 2 of the Montgomery County Charter.


IV. Financial Impact:

Authorizes transfering funds received from a settlement into the necessary lines.



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 19 of 2023

DATED: January 24, 2023

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Resolution by Legislator: Pepe
Seconded by: Sweet

WHEREAS, social services districts may provide, and require applicants for and recipients of public assistance to participate in a variety of activities that include work experience in the public or non-profit sector; and

WHEREAS, a state or federal government institution, a municipality, a public agency, or a public or private non-profit entity desiring to provide work experience for recipients of public assistance under an agreement complying with provisions of law and regulations is defined as a “Sponsor”; and

WHEREAS, the City of Amsterdam is desirous of becoming a “Sponsor” for Montgomery County DSS’s Work Experience Program; and, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Executive, upon review and approval of the County Attorney, is hereby authorized and directed to sign a contract with the City of Amsterdam to provide work experience for recipients of public assistance for the period of October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023.

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(7). Legislators Wilson and VACANT were absent. (1/24/2023)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

Authorizing the County Executive to sign an agreement with the City of Amsterdam.


II. Justification:

This contract will help provide unpaid work experience at a municipality to enable participants who cannot find unsubsidized employment to improve their employability.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 3 of the Charter, the Montgomery County Executive has the authority to sign contracts.


IV. Financial Impact:

There is no financial impact, as the work experience provided is unpaid.



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 20 of 2023

DATED: January 24, 2023

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH STEUBEN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Resolution by Legislator: Wilson
Seconded by: Sweet

WHEREAS, staffing shortages and lengthy pre-trial stays for youth offenders are just two reasons for the delay in the ability to create more bed space for youth offenders in secure and non-secure detention facilities; and

WHEREAS, beds are often not available near the youth offender’s home county, resulting in counties having to transport the youth far from home while they await trial; and

WHEREAS, this has caused the Department of Social Services to have to continue to contract with Steuben County Department of Social Services who operates an 8 bed co-ed non-secure detention program (Steuben Youth Safe Center) in Bath, NY, certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; and

WHEREAS, the Department wishes to place eligible and appropriate juveniles in this program on an as-needed and space-available basis at a rate of $855.00 per bed per day from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023; and, be it

RESOLVED, that the County Executive, upon review and approval of the County Attorney, is hereby authorized and directed to sign a contract with Steuben County Department of Social Services to place eligible and appropriate juveniles on an as-needed and space-available basis at a rate of $855.00 per bed per day for the period of January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(7). Legislators Wilson and VACANT were absent. (1/24/2023)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

Authorizing the County Executive to sign a contract with Steuben County Department of Social Services.


II. Justification:

This contract will provide us with another facility to place lower-risk JDs to provide family-specific behavioral health services with a focus on rehabilitation.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 3 of the Charter, the Montgomery County Executive has the authority to sign contracts.


IV. Financial Impact:

The contract is for $855.00 per diem on an as-needed, space available basis.



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 21 of 2023

DATED: January 24, 2023

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES GRANTS (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Resolution by Legislator: Kelly
Seconded by: Pepe

WHEREAS, the Department of Social Services has received federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act: Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services administered by the Administration for Community Living; and

WHEREAS, these funds are made available to states to provide resources to enhance, improve, and expand adult protective services’ (APS) ability to investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation; and

WHEREAS, the first grant is in the amount of $9,629.00 for use from August 1, 2021 through May 31, 2023. The second grant (For Fiscal Year 22, FFY 22), is in the amount of $25,000.00. Those funds can be used from August 1, 2022 through September 30, 2024.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Legislature hereby authorizes the acceptance of the American Rescue Plan Act Grants.

FURTHER RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to amend the 2023 Operating Budget as follows:

INCREASE REVENUES:    
A-6-3-4089-00  Federal Aid, Other    $34,629.00
     
INCREASE APPROPRIATIONS:    
A-18-6010-00-.4438  Misc. Supporting Services $34,629.00

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(7). Legislators Wilson and VACANT were absent. (1/24/2023)



Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

Accept grants for the American Rescue Plan Act – Adult Protective Services Grants.


II. Justification:

Funds will be used in order to be reimbursed for services rendered.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Charter, the Montgomery County Legislature has the authority to make appropriations.


IV. Financial Impact:

There will be no cost to the County, as it is 100% award funded.  



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 22 of 2023

DATED: January 24, 2023

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING RENTAL SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Resolution by Legislator: Wilson
Seconded by: Purtell

WHEREAS, the Department of Social Services has elected to apply and has since received funding from OTDA for the Rental Supplement Program for 2021-2022; and

WHEREAS, the RSP is a program established to provide assistance to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or are facing an imminent loss of housing; and

WHEREAS, the 2021-2022 RSP amount allocated to Montgomery County is $154,608; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Legislature hereby authorizes the acceptance of the funding granted by OTDA for the Rental Supplement Program for 2021-2022.

FURTHER RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to amend the 2023 Operating Budget as follows:

INCREASE REVENUES:    
A-18-3-3610-00 Social Services Administration  $154,608.00
     
INCREASE APPROPRIATIONS:    
A-18-4-6010-00-.4438  Misc. Supporting Services    $154,608.00

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(7). Legislators Wilson and VACANT were absent. (1/24/2023)



Rental Supplement Allocation and Plain

Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

Funds will be accepted per the award of funding for the Rental Supplement Program.


II. Justification:

Funds will be used in order to be reimbursed for services rendered.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Charter, the Montgomery County Legislature has the authority to make appropriations.


IV. Financial Impact:

There will be no cost to the County, as it is 100% award funded.  



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer




Montgomery County Seal!RESOLUTION NO. 23 of 2023

DATED: January 24, 2023

RECOMMENDATION:
     

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE FUNDING (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Resolution by Legislator: Sweet
Seconded by: Pepe

WHEREAS, the Montgomery County Department of Social Services has been awarded funding to support Transportation Initiatives; and

WHEREAS, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) has allocated $26,629.00 to the Department; and

WHEREAS, the funds can only be used for the Department to support services provided through the Transportation Initiative, i.e. Family Assistance (FA) and Safety Net MOE recipients who are employed or participating in other allowable work activities and non-Public Assistance individuals employed and eligible under 200% of poverty guidelines.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montgomery County Legislature hereby authorizes the acceptance of the Transportation Initiative funding.

FURTHER RESOLVED, the County Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to amend the 2023 Operating Budget as follows:

INCREASE REVENUES:    
A-18-3-4610-00  Social Services Administration    $26,629.00
     
INCREASE APPROPRIATIONS:    
A-18-4-6010-00-.4462      TANF Services  $26,629.00

RESOLUTION VOTE, passed with Aye(7). Legislators Wilson and VACANT were absent. (1/24/2023)



Transportation Initiative Program Award Letter

Statement of Legislative and Financial Impact:

I. Nature of Request:

Funds will be accepted per the award of Transportation Initiative funding.


II. Justification:

Funds will be used in order to be reimbursed for services rendered.


III. Legislative Impact:

Pursuant to Article 2 of the Charter, the Montgomery County Legislature has the authority to make appropriations.


IV. Financial Impact:

There will be no cost to the County, as it is 100% award funded.  



cc: County Clerk
County Treasurer