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EBENSBURG – The flexible allocation of funds has kept social services in Cambria County afloat.

The county is entering its ninth year of participation in the state block grants program, which officials say not only provided state funding, but enabled the county to support multiple departments with those funds.

“We are able to share money with many programs as needed” said Tracy Selak, Cambria County Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities and Early Intervention Administrator.

The state block grant provided funding for behavioral health, substance abuse and alcohol services, intellectual disabilities, the Homelessness Assistance Program, and the Social Services Development Fund, Salek said. .

Fund sharing was recently highlighted, Salek said, after $ 231,131 from behavioral health was transferred to developmental disabilities to support a 21-year-old with special needs.

According to Salek, an additional $ 50,000 in behavioral health funds has been transferred to the Social Services Development Fund to support the ongoing operation of the children’s advocacy center.

Despite sharing the funding, Salek said no one in behavioral health has lost or received funding.

“The program has been a real success and allows us to get paid and supported services” said Salek.

Salek said the county also received additional state funding for the Maternal Addiction Resource Center, which supports pregnant women with active addiction.

Mirror staff writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.

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