Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions of­fice in Lans­dale opens

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Bradley Schlegel bschlegel@21st-cen­tu­ryme-

7KH IRXU SLORW RI­fiFHV IRU Mont­gomery County’s re­vamped hu­man ser­vices de­liv­ery sys­tem, in­clud­ing one in the bor­ough, have opened for busi­ness.

Lo­cally, res­i­dents in need of county ser­vices are wel­come to meet with the Nav­i­cate at 421 West Main St., Lans­dale, ac­cord­ing to Frank u. Custer, the di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers’ of­fice.

As part of the county’s Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions pro­gram, a Nav­i­cate in each RI­fiFH wLOO KHOS UHVLGHnWV nav­i­gate the county’s so­cial ser­vices sys­tem and serve as their ad­vo­cate, ac­cord­ing to Custer.

An open house at the ComPXnLWy CRn­nHFWLRnV RI­fiFH in the bor­ough — hosted by the county com­mis­sion­ers — was sched­uled for July 2, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Custer.

One full-time county em- ployee — who has re­ceived weeks of ex­ten­sive train­ing — will be avail­able at WKH RI­fiFH HYHUy 0RnGDy through Fri­day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., ac­cord­ing to Custer.

mriya Bell, of King of mrus­sia, will serve as the Nav­i­cate in Lans­dale, ac­cord­ing to Custer.

Bell has worked at North­west­ern Hu­man Ser­vices — a com­mu­nity-based, nRnSUR­fiW, KXPDn VHUYLFHV provider with 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence serv­ing the spe­cial needs of chil­dren and adults, lo­cated at 400 North Broad St. in the bor­ough — since May 2008, ac­cord­ing to the same in­for­ma­tion.

2IfiFLDOV KDYH nR WLPHWDEOH WR RSHn VLPLODU RI­fiFHV through­out the county, ac­cord­ing to Custer.

“The ex­pec­ta­tion in the fuWXUH LV WR RSHn RWKHU RI­fiFHV like this,” he said. “We want WR PDNH VXUH WKH RI­fiFHV wH’YH opened are up and work­ing well as serv­ing the pur­pose for which they were de­signed.”

In March, com­mis­sion­ers Chair Josh Shapiro an­nounced that Lans­dale — along with Norristown, mottstown and Wil­low Grove — would serve as a home for the county’s new ser­vice de­liv­ery sys­tem.

The new model — in­tro­duced by Shapiro seven months ear­lier in a speech to the North menn Com­mu­nity Health Foun­da­tion — elim­i­nates need for con­stituents to travel to Norristown with a de­cen­tral­ized ap­proach.

“We are go­ing to be able to en­hance our com­mit­ment to the peo­ple who need our help the most,” the com­mis­sioner told the au­di­ence.

In the Oc­to­ber speech, Shapiro ex­plained that the new con­stituent-fo­cused sys­tem “will pro­vide much eas­ier ac­cess to hu­man ser­vices; en­sure cross-de­part­men­tal col­lab­o­ra­tion and syn­er­gies; em­brace in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy to de­liver ser­vices more quickly, lo­cally and ef­fec­tively; de­liver ex­cep­tional value and ser­vice; and, most im­por­tantly, will re­sult in bet­ter out­comes for those Mont­gomery County res­i­dents most in need.”

To con­tact the Lans­dale RI­fiFH FDOO 267-263-0048.

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