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Harrison DJFS to provide eligible county residents with transportation

T-L File Photo Assistant Director Deb Knight of the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services speaks with the Harrison County Board of Commissioners. Knight met with commissioners Wednesday seeking approval of a contract between the DJFS and the Harrison County Public Transit to provide program eligible residents with transportation opportunities.

CADIZ — Various program eligible Harrison County residents will be provided public transportation opportunities for medical appointments and employment through the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services.

Deb Knight, assistant director of the Harrison County DJFS, met with the Harrison County Board of Commissioners to have a contract signed during Wednesday’s meeting. The pact allows the county DJFS to purchase transportation through the Harrison County Public Transit for program eligible residents.

Commissioner Paul Coffland said those eligible residents will receive free transportation through the DJFS for medical appointments and other services.

According to the contract, eligible programs included are:

Non-Emergency Transportation — recipients will be those county residents who are Medicaid eligible whose Medicaid eligibility has been determined and whose transportation cannot be provided or arranged through other Medicaid transportation or community resources;

Pregnancy-Related Services — recipients are Medicaid eligible pregnant women who are able to receive enhanced medical services such as education, nutrition counseling, nutrition intervention, and care coordination from the date of identification of pregnancy through 60 days after the end of the pregnancy;

Healthchek program participants — a federally mandated comprehensive preventative health care program for Medicaid eligible individuals, from birth to 21 years of age;

Prevention, Retention & Contingency Plan — a program that allows for transportation services for recipients who are in need fo transportation services to complete work requirements and/or are in need of transportation services to hold employment;

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training — program requires mandatory nonexempt work registrants in receipt of food assistance to participate in employment and training. Transportation services are needed to transport these individuals from home to worksites and return to home throughout the county; and

Adult Protective Services — transportation services may be required for any adult, over the age of 60, or any other individual involved with the DJFS and/or Adult Protective Services/Social/Children Services Unit.

The contract states that the DJFS will pay a rate of $3.16 per mile. The contract becomes effective March 1 and will continue through Feb. 28, 2022. Commissioners Dale Norris, Don Bethel and Coffland unanimously approved the contract.

In other matters, Engineer Doug Bachman made his recommendation for a contractor to perform work for the Guardrail and Installation Project. The project includes the replacement and installation of more than 12,500 feet of guardrail located on three of the county’s roadways.

At last week’s meeting, the county received four bids for the project ranging from $312,824 to $352,657.

Bachman recommended commissioners accept the project’s low bid from Cuyahoga Fence LLC of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, for $312,824.

Commissioners approved the engineer’s recommendation and awarded the bid to Cuyahoga Fence.

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