Medicaid billing forcing changes at Day Report

By Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — Mason County Day Report will be attempting to transition into a Licensed Behavioral Health Center, due to changes requiring it to bill Medicaid.

The topic came up at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Mason County Commission with Stacey Adams of Day Report, Judge R. Craig Tatterson and Prosecuting Attorney R.F. Stein, Jr., speaking to commissioners about this change which needs to happen by 2018.

From the conversation, it was reported all Day Report Centers must have some way to bill Medicaid by 2018 or lose grant funding and becoming a Licensed Behavioral Health Center will allow it to do so. One of the big obstacles to making this happen, is finding a building which meets standards required by both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification.

Currently, the Day Report Center is in the former sheriff’s department which is located in the basement of the annex building. This facility doesn’t meet the aforementioned standards and moving from it will have to take place in order to become a Licensed Behavioral Health Center.

After discussions with the commissioners about possibly utilizing other county space which would be appropriate, there didn’t seem to be any. Commissioners suggested looking for rental property in the Point Pleasant area which would meet those needs.

Adams reported there are currently around 85 people in the Day Report program. In the last few years, Day Report has received significant grant funding to maintain its operations.

In other business:

There was a brief discussion about finishing the second floor of the sheriff’s department. Sheriff Greg Powers reported most of the framing was done and he would like to get the space finished to utilize it for classes. He said this could bring in extra income and it would be a space for specialized training for not only his department and other law enforcement, but court house offices as well. No decision was made on this project.

County Administrator John Gerlach reported facilities and securities grants, which provided new cameras throughout the courthouse and lighting, were each wrapping up.

Gerlach also reported work to install a new heating/cooling unit at the Mason County Animal Shelter has begun, thanks to a $8,500 grant from the Claflin Foundation. These new units will replace gas heaters in a part of the building, keeping temperatures more tolerable for the dogs all year round.

Commissioner Rick Handley, spoke for the entire commission when he wished local representatives well at this weekend’s West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals Pageant. Representing the Mason County Fair will be Fair Queen Katherine Deem; representing the Battle Days Festival will be Battle Days Queen Jocelyn Wilson; representing the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta will be Regatta Queen Bridgett Dudding.

Also at the meeting were Commissioners Tracy Doolittle and Sam Nibert as well as County Clerk Diana Cromley.

By Beth Sergent

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