Juniata committee member recognizes awareness of employment of people with disabilities

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(From left) Commissioner Todd Graybill, Commissioner Alice Gray, Juniata Valley Behavioral and Developmental Services Administrator Commissioner Kathy Whalen, and Commissioner Mark Partner present the declaration to Kathy Whalen on Tuesday. The document states that October 2023 is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

MIFFLINTOWN — Commissioner Juniata recognized National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a proclamation Tuesday.

“Junior Tabaret Behavioral Development Services supports the Huntingdon Mifflin Juniata Employment Coalition, which envisions a world in which all people, with and without disabilities, are fully accepted and included members of their communities. We are proud to do this, including an upcoming Employer Employee Recognition event celebrating 42 employers who have diversified their workforces and 62 employees who are the changes that have made an impact. ” Kathy Whalen, administrator of Junior Tabaret Behavioral Development Services, told commissioners during the board’s weekly meeting.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the CDG Square One Clubhouse, 8 East Market Street, Lewistown.

There will be resources available, two speakers, as well as refreshments and prizes. The HMJ Employment Coalition has partnered with Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology precision machining instructor Benjamin Detwil and students to create the Employer of the Year Award Challenge Coin.

“Today, we join the rest of the nation in recognizing October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, recognizing the contributions of America’s disabled workers, past and present, and encouraging employers and employees to recognize the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Introducing supportive and inclusive employment policies and practices that deliver benefits.” Whalen said.

In other news, commissioners took the following actions:

• A contract between Juniata County and the Town of Mifflin Authority outlining the requirements for the use of Juniata County’s 2021 Federal Fiscal Year Community Development Block Grant of $102,000 in support of the Town of Mifflin Town Authority’s Mifflin Hill Water Main Rehabilitation Project. Approved the agreement.

• Approved items related to the Whole House Repair Program grant, including the allocation of $8,505 in WHRP funds to the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology Electrical Classroom and WHRP program guidelines.

• CCAP Insurance Program through Gerber Life Insurance Company – Approved renewal of Volunteer Special Risk Accident Coverage for $575 per year. The effective date of this policy is October 1st.

• Approved the employment of Tyler Nachtwey as a temporary part-time 911 Telecommunicator within the 911 Communications Center. This position is classified as part-time with fewer than 1,000 hours worked per year and is therefore not eligible for benefits, including participation in the County Retirement Fund, as outlined in the Juniata County Employees Retirement System Plan . Wages are based on the current bargaining unit agreement.

• Hiring Dena Fleet as financial assistant for the Juniata County Department of Children and Youth Services, effective Oct. 10, pending receipt of required career clearances. Wages and benefits are subject to current bargaining unit agreements. Mr. Fleet will succeed Heather A. Yorn, who resigned on September 6, 2022.

• Hiring Bailey Hobrick as a caseworker for Juniata County Children and Youth Services, effective Oct. 16. Mr. Haubrich replaces Dakota B. Trego, who resigned on May 19th. Salary and benefits will be subject to the current bargaining unit contract.

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