Approval was given by the Schuylkill County commissioners, at their work session Wednesday, to enter into a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to provide administrative funding for the aged medicaid waiver program with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for a block grant.

The funding from the welfare bureau is to provide administrative funding for the operation of the aged medicaid waiver program which provides community based services to consumers who are eligible for medicaid reimbursed nursing facility care. The Office of Senior Services is the recipient of the grant. The term of the grant specify the amount to be received for the years 2012 to 2016 as follows:

January 1 to June 30, 2012, a amount of $612,995; July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, in amount of $988,882; July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, in amount of $988,882; July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, in amount of $998,882; and July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, in amount of $998,882.

A contract was entered with the department of aging to receive grants as follows:

January 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012, in amount of $2,591,738; July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, in amount of $5,132,988; July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2015, in amount of $132,988; and July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, in amount of $5,132,988.

A resolution was adopted authorizing the approval of 9-1-1 telephone access plan which establishes contribution rates for residents of the county who pay an additional fee on their land phones to contribute to the operation of the emergency center.