Disabilities board OKs guardianship services pact

LISBON – The county Board of Developmental Disabilities on Wednesday approved a new contract, despite a $4 per hour increase, with Help Hotline Crisis Center which provides guardianship services in cases of emergency for developmentally disabled people throughout the county.

It was explained to the board that those developmental disabled individuals who may need assistance or moved from a location in an emergency when a family member is not available to help them are assisted by the guardianship services. Superintendent Bill Devon said the plan is to slowly increase the amount of the contract until it is about $30 per hour. The current increase was from $19 to $23.

The board also approved a contract renewal with Dianna Delposen, the habilitation manager at EDI-South. Devon referred to her as “the glue” at that location at this time.

The board also approved the usual contract with the county Emergency Management Agency so some of the board’s buildings and transportation fleet could be used for evacuations in case of an emergency.

Finally, the board applauded the organizers of the annual Spring Fling event, where more than 300 attended this year. Devon said alternative locations are being looked at for next year because if the event continues to grow the current space will no longer hold it.

On July 17, the board plans to hold a four-hour board in-service in lieu of a monthly meeting. The evening will include presentations to help board members know about some of the services provided by the county BDD, including the Medicaid voucher system.