By JIMMY LAWTON
CANTON -- St. Lawrence County will hire two new staff members to provide after-hour support to local children and families in need.
St. Lawrence County accepted $200,000 from the New York State Office of Mental Health Monday that will fund the hiring of two new positions and all costs associated with them.
Legislators accepted the funding to create a children and family support team. The state is expected to continue to provide the funding on an annual basis
According to the resolution $98,493 will be used to fund the two positions, while the remainder will be used for equipment, insurance, retirement, mileage and other costs associated with the creating the new team.
The team would provide weekend on-call and after-hour support to children and families in local communities and school districts.
According to a resolution put by the finance committee, St. Lawrence County has limited resources to cover the needs of off-hour emergencies.
“The team will coordinate with and hold annual stakeholder meetings in each school district to identify areas where the team and Mental Health Clinic can better serve the needs of the community by establishing service priorities and reducing barriers to accessing care,” the resolution says. “There will be no county cost associated with having the Children and Family Support Team, and it is expected there will be an increase in caseloads and revenue in the Mental Health Clinic.”