Last updated: August 06. 2014 3:44PM - 169 Views
By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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PREBLE COUNTY - Preble County Job and Family Services Director, Becky Sorrell, provided updates from her department to county commissioners, Wednesday, July 30.

August is Child Support Awareness Month; the department will be providing information regarding the importance of child support, and how it effects the children it’s meant to serve and the “importance of the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children throughout the month,” according to Sorrell’s update.

Over 100 people have received employment through Pratt Industries in Lewisburg, according to Sorrell. Primarily, the applicants are Preble Countians. Pratt has recently sent a thank you card to the Job Center and John Abrams for their efforts in the process. Applications to Pratt continue to filter in through the system.

The county holds the second highest participation rate in the state for enforcing the work component for receiving Ohio Works First cash assistance. This task includes planning and managing programs that count toward work participation. The program does not currently have a designated person for the “work activity” program, however, Sorrell said all staff members have been working together to help families become “self-sufficient.”

The JFS has been collaborating with the local libraries and the GED program to best serve the county. “We are hoping to be able to provide them with some equipment that will provide support to them so they can better partner with us in providing work-related skills to our customers,” according to Sorrell’s update.

Some 745,000 applications have been submitted through the Ohio Integrated Eligibility System, 408,000, Ohioans have been connected to Medicaid and there are 243,000 newly eligible Medicaid recipients in Ohio.

JFS has had issues holding staff in the Children Services department, as a full time, experienced administrator is needed to ensure and maintain the safety of the children throughout the county.

According to the update, 89 families need the intervention of the Children Services department on an ongoing basis, along with the 60 families which are currently being served by the intake staff, as of June.

In other business, commissioners listened to presentations from Honeywell and Johnson Controls to discuss the best options for an Energy Conservation Project. The project will address all county buildings to ensure the increase of energy efficiency. At press time, no company has been chosen to lead the project.

Eaton Fire Chief Jack Royer has been welcomed to the Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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