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Commissioners to look at mental health care provider merger


County officials are set to weigh Pathways’ merger plans and hold a public hearing for the purchase of three ambulances at Monday’s meeting, among other items.

An “intent-to-merge” agreement will be brought before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, with the stated purpose of merging Crossroads Behavorial Healthcare, Mental Health Partners and Pathways, effective July 1, 2012.

According to the intent statement, the purpose is “to continue to manage the provision of high quality, cost-effective mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services to priority consumers who are citizens of Iredell, Surry, Yadkin, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties.”

Commissioners from each county involved will be asked to sign off on the agreement, which is an interim agreement acknowledging intention and not the final agreement between the parties. A merger committee will be formed to see the process through.

The merging process has been in discussion since April, and Lincoln County commissioners endorsed the project via resolution in May.

Also on Monday’s agenda is a public hearing for the request to purchase three new American Emergency Vehicle ambulances under a piggyback bid.

The ambulances would be purchased from Northwestern Emergency Vehicles in West Jefferson, with a total cost of $364,088.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • The Regional Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant will be presented.

  • There will be a motion to approve the 2012-2014 Work First County Plan.

  • An approval of bids for library furnishings will be discussed.

  • Lincolnton County Manager George Wood will present a notification of the Rock Springs Grant Award-PARTF Grant of $415,000.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.



Staff Writer

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