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County Seeks Volunteers For PCHS Advisory Boards

December 25th, 2021

Potter County Human Services (PCHS) offers opportunities for public input on its many programs through dedicated advisory boards. Clients and their family members or caregivers, as well as community representatives, are encouraged to participate. All board meetings are open to the public. PCHS operates programs for victims of alcoholism and other drug abuse, older citizens, the mentally ill, children who are at risk, the intellectually disabled and those who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged. Volunteer advisory board members are appointed by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to any of the boards should contact the Commissioners Office at 274-8290, extension 207.

One group of volunteers holds quarterly meetings to provide input on operations of PCHS. Directors of the county agency depend on the Potter County Human Services Advisory Board in determining program priorities and other issues.

An Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Advisory Board serves in a consulting role to PCHS in the delivery of prevention and treatment programs. The field has been changing dramatically in recent times with a growing methamphetamine epidemic, the abuse of prescription drugs, and heroin addiction. At the same time, misinformation that diminishes the potential negative effects of marijuana use has rapidly spread as part of policy debates over issues such as legalization and medical applications. Alcohol abuse and tobacco addiction also take a toll among county residents. Next year’s AOTD meetings will be held by conference call at noon on the second Friday of each month. To participate, call PCHS at 814-544-7315 for dial-in instructions.

An Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board offers input to administrators of programs and services for older county residents, ranging from senior centers and home-delivered meals to in-home care and assistance with Medicare. Board meetings are held by conference call and scheduled for 10 am on Jan. 11, March 8, May 10, July 12, Sept. 13 and Nov. 8. To participate, call PCHS at 814-544-7315 for dial-in instructions.

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