State block grant funds county human services
Butler to get about $9 million
October 3, 2012
Butler County is one of 20 counties that will receive state block grant funds for human services. Carmine Scotece, director of county human services, said Butler is allotted roughly $9 million to fund various programs. The block grant from the state Department of Public Welfare provides counties the flexibility to use the money where they need it most under seven categories, including mental health/intellectual disabilities. The county will have two public meetings this month before submitting a plan to the state detailing where the money will be spent. “We’re happy we were chosen by the state and will proceed accordingly to get the plan in,” Scotece said. He said the grant award is an indication the county’s efforts in providing human services are recognized. “It shows the state has confidence in us,” Scotece said. County Commissioner Bill McCarrier, board chairman, praised the human services departments during the commissioners meeting Wednesday. “I congratulate Carmine and his staff for the excellent job they do,” McCarrier said. The Department of Public Welfare reviewed 30 county applications and selected 20 based on such factors as the county’s geography, size, poverty level, population shifts, administrative structure and demonstrated ability to manage the money. Gov. Tom Corbett stated in a press release that block grant funding is an innovative approach allowing counties flexibility. “This program will ensure more funding makes it to our recipients and less is spent on red tape,” he said.