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An Ombudsman is a trained individual who helps protect the rights of individuals living in both long term care facilities and nursing homes.
The Ombudsman provide information, answer questions, investigate complaints and offer assistance to resolve problems about the quality of care and treatment individuals receive while living there.
To contact the local Ombudsman please call The Office of Aging at 814-355-6716.
New participants are always welcome to join. To learn more about senior centers click here.
Also, If you need help completing your PA-1000 Rent/Property Rebate you can call (814) 355-6816 to schedule an appointment.
If you are unaware who your service coordinator is, you can contact the Pennsylvania Enrollment Broker to get that information at 1-877-550-4227. As of 2020, each participant who is receiving Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) will have a Managed Care Organization (MCO) that they can also contact to get information on their providers.
OLTL also has a Quality Assurance Hotline you can call to file a complaint directly with the State at 1-800-757-5042.
The County will fully investigate any suspected acts of fraud, abuse, or illegal acts. An objective and impartial investigation will be conducted regardless of the position, title, or relationship with the County of any party who might be involved. The County will maintain the confidentiality of any person who in good faith reports a suspected act of fraud. The person’s identity will not be divulged without permission, unless required by law. Upon notification of suspected fraud the Controller or the County Administrator will conduct an investigation, convene a compliance committee, and if necessary may contact the following:
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All group health plans in Pennsylvania, including insurance and health maintenance organizations are required by law (Act 106 of 1989) to provide coverage for the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions. Your treatment provider may be able to assist you in the appeal process.
You may be eligible for county support if you insurance does not pay, or only pays a portion of the cost. Please discuss your situation with the admissions staff at the treatment facility and/or with one of our case management staff.
If the person refuses to get the intensive treatment needed, he/she might be willing to start with outpatient services. This may be the first step in the right direction. It is important that you not blame yourself for the person's behavior or decision to use alcohol or other drugs.
All Twelve-Step programs find their roots in Alcoholics Anonymous – which was formed in 1935. Twelve-Step programs offer regular meetings where alcoholics and addicts try to help each other stay sober by providing a non-judgmental support network. These groups stress that alcoholism/addiction is an illness – not a character flaw – which can be treated by working a series of twelve steps that emphasize accepting one’s powerlessness over addict ion and dependency on a force beyond the self. Members work through the steps at their own pace and usually with the help of another member called a "sponsor." These programs stress honest self-assessment, humility, and reliance on others for support and encouragement.
Many other self-help groups have adopted the twelve-step philosophy. These groups include Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. Likewise family and friend support groups like Al-Anon, Alateen, and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) have adapted the 12 steps for their own use.
There are also programs such as Smart Recovery which are abstinence-based self-help programs, focusing on empowerment and developing a positive lifestyle.
Information on local Twelve-Step groups can be obtained by calling the following numbers or websites:
Answering "yes" to any of these questions may indicate a problem with drug or alcohol use. If you are concerned, call and ask about your options for treatment services.
The following are suggestions for reaching out to your child/teen:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder covers a number of birth defects that falls under Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. These birth defects are caused when the mother drinks during her pregnancy. According to the March of Dimes, 40,000 babies are born each year with some degree of "alcohol-related damage." Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the most common known cause of intellectual disability, and it is the only cause that is entirely preventable.
When the mother drinks, the alcohol passes through her system and into the baby through the placenta. Since the baby is much smaller and not as well developed, the alcohol remains in the baby’s body for a much longer period of time, at much higher levels. This can cause life-long damage to the child.
No level of alcohol use during pregnancy is safe. Since a woman may not know for several weeks or months, anyone who may be pregnant or is trying to get pregnant, should not use alcohol in any amount.
When a pregnant woman uses alcohol and/or other drugs, these substances pass readily through her bloodstream and across the fetal blood-brain barrier. If a woman uses substances regularly, particularly throughout the third trimester, the unborn baby can develop a physical dependence to these substances. When the child is born, the flow of the drug is abruptly cut off, and the baby’s nervous system can trigger the agonizing symptoms of withdrawal. This condition is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
While opioid misuse is most readily associated with causing NAS, newborns may withdraw from a variety of substances including nicotine, alcohol, amphetamine-type drugs, benzodiazepines, and even certain antidepressants. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is also commonly experienced by babies whose mothers are on a prescribed regimen of methadone or buprenorphine throughout pregnancy. Despite this, doctors recommend that pregnant women with opioid use disorders remain on medication-assisted-treatment throughout pregnancy, as experiencing withdrawal symptoms during pregnancy may place the mother and baby at greater risk of harm.
Not all babies exposed to substances will have withdrawal symptoms. Those who do will typically begin showing symptoms within 24 to 72 hours after birth. However, in some cases (particularly with drugs like benzodiazepines), symptoms may not appear for several days. Withdrawal symptoms vary from mild to severe and can last from one week to three months.
For more information about NAS and the effects specific substances can have on a developing fetus, visit: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/substance-use-in-women/substance-use-while-pregnant-breastfeeding
Codependency is characterized by involvement in a relationship in which one person has extreme physical or emotional needs and the other person spends most of their time responding to those needs, usually to the point of disregarding their own needs. Codependent people tend to spend a lot of time thinking about how to “fix “other people. They often derive their own sense of self-worth from their feelings that others need their protection and intervention to survive. One example of a common codependent behavior is enabling. Enabling occurs when we do or say something that softens the consequences for the substance user/abuser. This behavior prolongs the disease and hides the symptoms from the user/abuser. Since the alcoholic/addict is often in denial of the problem, well-meaning attempts to "soften the blow" only strengthen that denial and make it easier for that person to maintain the destructive behaviors.
Having a codependent loved one can actually make it more challenging for someone struggling with a substance use disorder to quit. Because the codependent person derives their own sense of worth from caretaking and protecting the addict/alcoholic, it may be very difficult for them to accept the shift in dynamics that occurs when that person begins to get better. This may lead to feelings of anger or resentment which could trigger the addict/alcoholic to relapse and return to harmful behavior.
What can you do?
Visit the following online resources for more information on codependency:
People who are looking to "get high" can abuse a variety of drugs and medicines, some of which are prescription and some that are available over the counter. From cough syrup to analgesics, many non-prescription medications can be dangerous and addictive if misused. You’ll notice in most pharmacies, certain cold medications are no longer on the shelf – you have to take a card to the pharmacy to buy them. New laws now require this since these OTC medications can be abused.
Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous. Pain medications such as Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, and Codeine are highly addictive and can result in death if misused or combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Another category of dangerous medications are classed as benzodiazepines. Anti-anxiety medications such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan are also highly addictive and can be medically dangerous during detoxification.
Finally, youth and teens may have access to central nervous system stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderal which are often prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These can also be abused and are addictive.
It is critical that prescription and OTC medications be taken only as prescribed. They should be monitored and kept away from youth and teens. Dispose of extra medications when you have finished them, and do not use old prescription medications or others’ prescription medications. Do not be fooled into thinking that these types of drugs cannot be addictive and dangerous.
You can contact the Centre County Drug and Alcohol Office at (814) 355-6744 or the prevention staff at the Centre County Youth Service Bureau at (814) 237-5731. Both agencies offer a variety of programs which can be tailored to the needs of your organization.
The PACE Program will pay the Part D premiums for PACE cardholders enrolled in one of the plans that has a signed agreement. PACE will pay up to the regional benchmark, which is $35.50 for 2014. If you enroll in a plan with a premium higher than $35.50, you must pay the difference.
The Program will not be able to help pay the Part D plan premium for individuals who are not enrolled in a Part D plan that does not have a signed agreement.
PACENET cardholders enrolled in one of the program's partner Part D plans will have to pay the Part D plan's premium at the pharmacy but will no longer have to pay the PACENET deductible. You will never be charged more than the cost of your medication at one time. Therefore, if the cost of your medication is less than the amount of premium you owe, you only pay the cost of the medication and the remaining amount of the premium you owe will be carried over until you need another medication filled (that same month or the next month).
EXAMPLE: Part D plan's monthly premium is $34.00.
Prescription filled on 1/12/14 – cost of the drug was $8.25 – cardholder charged $8.25 and this amount goes toward the premium of $34.00 ($25.75 remaining).
Prescription filled on 1/13/14 – cost of the drug was $14.20 – cardholder charged $14.20 and this amount goes toward the remaining premium of $25.75 ($11.55 remaining).
Prescription filled on 1/13/14 – cost of the brand drug was $153.24 – cardholder charged $11.55 to meet the remaining amount of the premium plus a $15 co-payment for the brand name medication.
PACENET cardholders enrolled in a non-partner Part D plan will have to pay the Part D plan's premium directly to the Part D plan each month, but they will not have to pay the PACENET deductible at the pharmacy.
If you have not used your PACENET card and you do not currently take medications, you will not have to pay this deductible until you activate your card at the pharmacy. Once you activate your PACENET card, the monthly deductible will accumulate if it is not met each month. This process is only for PACENET cardholders that do not enroll in Part D.
EXAMPLE: I sign up for PACENET in January 2014, but do not use my card until March, 2014. In March, I pay a deductible of $35.50. If I do not purchase any medications in April, my deductible in May will be $71.00 ($35.50 from April plus $35.50 for May) and so forth.
If you are enrolled in a non-partner Part D plan, you may receive a bill for the monthly premium:
* If you are a PACE member in a non-partner Part D plan that has signed a premium payment agreement with the program, you should not receive a monthly bill because PACE will pay the premium to the plan for you, as long as the monthly premium does not exceed $35.50.
In addition, you should not sign up for deductions from your Social Security checks for payment of your Part D premiums or send payment for any coupon booklets you receive without first checking with the PACE/PACENET program.
* If you are a PACE member in a non-partner Part D plan that does NOT have a signed premium payment agreement with the program, you will have to pay the monthly premium to the plan.
* All PACENET members who are in a non-partner Part D plan should receive a monthly premium bill from their Part D plan and are responsible for paying that premium directly to the plan.
We can accept cash or check for recording fees. It is not necessary to present separate checks for state or local transfer taxes. All checks are payable to "Centre County Recorder of Deeds." Remember, all deeds and instruments conveying real estate need to have a "Uniform Parcel Identifier" number on the document before it can be recorded. This UPI number must be issued by the Centre County Assessment Office. A separate check made payable to County of Centre will be necessary for this process. To find out more about the UPI requirements, call the Assessment Office at 814-355-6721.
Yes, but make sure all documents meet all legal recording criterion requirements and the proper fee is enclosed. All documents require self addressed stamped envelopes for return! Deeds that need a UPI number can be sent directly to the Tax Assessment office and after the UPI number is affixed Assessment will forward the deed to the Recorder's office.
A lien is any official claim or charge against property or funds for payment of a debt or an amount owed for services rendered. The “property” doesn’t necessarily have to be real estate, just something of value owned by the debtor.
A mortgage is a loan that has been secured by real estate. Typically a mortgage gives the lender the right to seize and sell your home if you default on the mortgage payments. A mortgage can become a lien if the mortgagor goes into default, but otherwise a mortgage is not technically a lien.
In county terminology, a Lien is a court-ordered claim against an individual recorded at the Prothonotary’s Office.
A Mortgage is a loan that has been secured by real estate recorded at the Recorder of Deeds office.
Topographic (TOPO) Quadrangle Maps are available in the Centre County Conservation District Office located in the Willowbank Building that show elevation and latitude and longitude of each area in the county.
Except mortgages, most liens are filed in the Prothonotary's Office, not in the Recorder of Deeds Office. Our office maintains records of mortgages and secured transactions affecting real estate. Judgement liens, municipal liens and secured transactions affecting personal property are filed in the Prothonotary's Office.
Our records are by names, not location. If you want all the property owned by an individual, our records will list that. If you want to know who owns a certain lot, that information will be available in the Centre County Tax Assessment Office, on the third floor of the Willowbank Building. Their information will tell you the owner. If you need to research the deed for more information, come to our office with the owner's name.
There is a 1% state tax and a 1% local tax on the consideration or value of the property and interest being conveyed, except for State College Borough (3%), Ferguson Township (2.75%), and Taylor Township (1.5%). The state share is forwarded to the Department of Revenue. The local share is split between the municipality in which the real estate is located and the school district which serves that location.
Centre County Tax Rate Table
It is a state form that is used to set the value of a property being conveyed or to explain the reason for an exemption of transfer tax. They must be presented with a deed that is exempt of tax and our office will forward them to the Department of Revenue for review and final approval. Statements of value are required any time the true value of a property is not shown on the deed (such as in a $1 consideration) or when the tax is not paid at recording.