OFA looks at adding youth to its name

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Office of Aging may be in line for a name change.

The Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee of Tuesday voted to sponsor a proposed resolution creating a new dual-purpose agency that will now be known as the “Fulton Office of Aging and Youth.” The board will consider approval Oct. 15.

OFA Director Andrea Fettinger starting this year took on the administrative duties of the Fulton County Youth Bureau, whose advisory board continues to meet at the OFA. She said the transition of youth funding administration is moving forward. But she the state Office for Aging will only continue to accept the arrangement of if the dual agency is created.

She told the committee the state now wants a formal county board resolution creating the new dual-agency.

“I’ve been trying to hold this off,” Fettinger said. “I didn’t think it was going to be this challenging from the [state].”

Fettinger said there is no downside to the change, which merely reflects county government is “supporting the work” for youth that Fettinger is doing.

In a related request to the committee, Fettinger asked for and received committee acceptance of her 2013 youth funding plan, which must be signed by the board chairman. She said the state Office of Children & Family Services, which provides state funds to the youth bureau, requires the signature on the resource allocation plan.

“We’re trying to get everything back into routine so we can have some organization,” Fettinger said.

Contracts proposed for local agencies with youth funding for 2013 are as follows: Catholic Charities – $3,200 for substance abuse prevention; Citizens In Community Service – $5,900 for youth program, and $5,000 for community restitution program; Johnstown Public Library – $7,000 for Summer Reading Program; Mental Health Association – $2,500 for youth services; Fulton County YMCA – $2,870 for teen center, and $790 for day camp; Family Counseling Center – $5,500 for youth services; and HFM Prevention Council – $2,300 for Reconnecting Youth program, and $3,126 for Too Good for Drugs program.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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