CED seeks van for Chero­kee pa­tients

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By Terry Dean

C. E. D ( Chero­keeE­towah-Dekalb) Men­tal Health Cen­ter is en­list­ing the sup­port of the Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion to pur­chase a van for lo­cal men­tal health ser­vices.

She­lia Hur­ley, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, CED Men­tal Health Cen­ter, told Com­mis­sion Chair­man Kirk Day and other com­mis­sion­ers that CED was able to acquire such a ve­hi­cle in Dekalb County thanks the Dekalb County Com­mis­sion along with other lo­cal sup­port­ers and now they want to do the same in Chero­kee County.

“We were able to work with the DeKalb County Com­mis­sion and work on a van that ac­tu­ally is there to pro­vide ser­vices in a ru­ral area of Dekalb County,” said Hur­ley. “The van is ac­tu­ally used for case man­age­ment, for nurs­ing, so they ac­tu­ally go out into the com­mu­nity. It is direct ser­vices for the county. In the area that we are work­ing in, Chero­kee and Dekalb, some­times our folks don’t have ac­cess to the usual trans­porta­tion sys­tems so we have to get out in a per­sonal car and try to lo­cate them and get them to ap­point­ments.”

Hur­ley said the cost of the ve­hi­cle was more than $28,000.

“The van that we worked out and the one that we looked at and would like to work out for Chero­kee would be bid­ded on, would be there for ser­vices for non-profit agen­cies for CED Men­tal Health,” Hur­ley said. “It would only be for ser­vices, not for ser­vices for staff. It would pro­vide trans­porta­tion to the peo­ple ( men­tal health ser­vice con­sumers) that live in Chero­kee county. Nurses could go out to their homes if need be if they miss their in­jec­tion, their ser­vices. Case man­age­ment would ac­tu­ally pro­vide con­nec­tions to their med­i­cal ap­point­ments, con­nec­tions to the ser­vices in the county and keep them hope­fully from hav­ing a re­lapse.”

“For most of our folks, if they keep their ap­point­ments, we can keep them sta­ble,” Hur­ley noted. “The dif­fi­culty is that some­times with their low in­come or fixed in­come sta­tus, they can’t make it and they can’t cover their med­i­ca­tions nor their ex­penses, so when it comes down to ser­vices they miss those ap­point­ments. They miss those ap­point­ment, they miss those pre­scrip­tions or med­i­ca­tions. They miss those, then the next thing you know, ev­ery­one is hav­ing to re­spond the judge, sher­iff’s of­fice, po­lice depart­ments, com­mu­ni­ties and it puts every­body at risk so re­ally the van is a means to make that con­nec­tion for ser­vices, a con­nec­tion to a doc­tor, med­i­cal doc­tors, hos­pi­tals, any ser­vices they need.”

Cur­rently CED uses per­sonal ve­hi­cles to trans­port pa­tients in need, which is some­times chal­leng­ing, es­pe­cially for those with mo­bil­ity prob­lems, Hur­ley said.

“In Dekalb County, we went out and did bids,” said Hur­ley. “We were for­tu­nate enough to find a new but late model Tran­sit. Gre­gory Ford came in with the lowest bid and it had all the safety fea­tures on it. In other words our staff can­not go be­yond a cer­tain speed limit, it will stop them, it has sen­sors and all of these safety de­vices for con­sumers.”

“Some of them have dif­fi­culty with ac­cess, whether they use a walker or other de­vices, but the re­al­ity is that this ser­vice makes it pos­si­ble for these folks to get their treat­ment on time,” said Hur­ley. “But if they miss us, we go get them or we go to their house for the ser­vice.”

“We are start­ing to roll on that,” said Welsh. “It is look­ing good. I am sure all of you have rid­den by the build­ing. it is look­ing good and it is go­ing to be a nice struc­ture. Then we can look at start­ing Phase Two.”

For the fire depart­ment, Chief Rob­bie Moon re­ported 58 calls, 19 struc­ture fires, seven grass fires, 16 ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents and nine alarms for the third quar­ter of 2016. He re­ported a to­tal of 290 man hours and 16 live fire train­ing drills for a to­tal of 424 man hours.

Dur­ing the Tues­day, Oct. 11 meet­ing of the Coun­cil, Cen­tre Po­lice Chief Kirk Blanken­ship, for the third quar­ter of 2016, re­ported 153 in­ci­dent of­fense re­ports from July 1 through Sept. 30. Chief Blanken­ship re­ported 89 ar­rests, 15 non traf­fic ci­ta­tions, 28 ac­ci­dent re­ports, 105 tick­ets and 52 warn­ings.

For the parks and re­cre­ation depart­ment, Direc­tor Charles Glazner re­ported a strong fall soc­cer sea­son with 88 play­ers sign up for a to­tal of 12 teams

“”We haven’t had any rain this year,” said Glazner. “The grass is hurt­ing be­cause of it.”

“The power poles came in for the ten­nis courts

and lights will be in soon,” said Glazner. “I would like to thank ev­ery­one that helped in the fun run for the Fall Fes­ti­val. I thought ev­ery­thing went real good with the fun run this year.”

“Ox­ford is hav­ing a grand open­ing for their 30 some­thing mil­lion sports com­plex Sun­day at 2 p.m. if you are in­ter­ested in see­ing a real amaz­ing com­plex,” said Glazner. “It will be some­thing to see.”

Glazner asked the coun­cil for per­mis­sion to pur­chase some rye grass for the city’s ath­letic fields. He re­quested 65 bags at a cost of $52.25 each for a to­tal of $3,396.25.

“I don’t know when we will be able to plant it un­til we get some more mois­ture,” said Glazner. ”We can get it on three of the base­ball fields and four of the soft­ball fields,” said Glazner. “It is so dry un­der­neath is our prob­lem.”

Later on in the meet­ing, the coun­cil said there were funds in the bud­get for the rye grass and gave Glazner per­mis­sion to pro­ceed with the pur­chase.

Street and San­i­ta­tion Su­per­vi­sor Bobby Paul said his crews have been busy paint­ing and fix­ing up some of the city signs and other du­ties.

“As for our road­side mow­ing, this is prob­a­bly our last round,” said Paul. “We have been trim­ming back limbs.. We have sprayed around signs. We have been paint­ing stop bars, ev­ery­thing is real faded. We have a few is­sues with trucks.”

“I would like to thank every­body that took part in the Fall Fes­ti­val,” said Paul “It was a big turnout this year. I would like to give my guys a big shout out. They worked real hard clean­ing the town up and set­ting it up get­ting it ready dur­ing, af­ter­ward, and the ladies up front to ev­ery depart­ment head made the Fall Fes­ti­val a suc­cess. And I would like to thank every­body.”

SEEK­ING VAN FOR CHERO­KEE. She­lia Hur­ley, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, CED Men­tal Health Cen­ter, seeks the sup­port of the Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion in ac­quir­ing a van to serve the Chero­kee County area.

A BUSY RE­CRE­ATION DEPART­MENT. Cen­tre Parks and Re­cre­ation Direc­tor Charles Glazner discusses a busy soc­cer sea­son and needs of the ath­letic fields as he gives his quar­terly re­port dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing of the Cen­tre City Coun­cil.

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