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Commissioners approve ARPA for Faith Friendship, county IT, healthcare staff at prison (update)

Faith Friendship Villa (Source: Faith Friendship Ministries)

Update (Friday, Dec. 2): On Wednesday, the county commissioner unanimously approved the ARPA allocations proposed for Faith Friendship Ministries, the county’s IT department and the county prison’s health service.

Previously reported:

Lancaster County’s commissioners have teed up votes to allocate another $771,159 in American Rescue Plan Act funding at their Wednesday morning meeting.

One allocation, $150,000, would go to Faith Friendship Ministries, which operates a 74-bed personal care home in Mountville. The grant would go toward an electronic medication management system and replacement of the building’s wraparound porch, projects with a total budget of $250,000.

Faith Friendship Ministries had initially sought $285,000, with the other $135,000 going toward roof and flooring repairs and staff recruitment and retention. The county’s ARPA review committee determined that those expenses didn’t meet applicable guidelines, and the nonprofit was advised to revise and resubmit its application.

The other allocation would be used by the county itself. Its IT department would receive $330,028 for equipment and software upgrades, which would maintain and enhance the security of the county’s data backups; and the county prison would receive $291,131 to reimburse its health care vendor Prime Care for additional staffing during the pandemic. The reimbursement covers the period from June 2021 to September 2022, Deputy Chief Clerk Tammy Moyer said.

None of the allocations led to any debate at Tuesday’s work session. All of them fall under federal and county ARPA guidelines, Moyer said.