The Bedford County commissioners on Tuesday approved an advisory board to help explore the feasibility of a proposed day reporting and treatment center at the Bedford County Correctional Facility.
The county in January approved studying the possibility of constructing a day reporting and treatment center at the jail. The study also will determine whether the jail can support additional inmate housing.
The newly formed advisory board, which was based on the recommendation of District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts, will assist in the process.
“This is an effort to bring all the stakeholders together to be involved,” said Commissioner Barry Dallara.
The 11-member advisory board includes Childers-Potts, Keith Bowser, director of probation; warden Troy Nelson, Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer, Lucille Kentner, treatment specialist at the jail; Adam Logsdon, director of Personal Solutions Inc., Sgt. Jordan Spallone of the state police, and Nancy Diehl, the county’s Multidisciplinary Investigation Teams and Criminal Justice Advisory Board coordinator, and each of the three commissioners.
Each of the members will serve a two-year term.
Commissioner Josh Lang said the board will be similar to the steering committee that helped progress the Old PA Pike Trail in Breezewood.
The proposed center would offer a number of additional treatment options not now available at the jail and would be a way to increase supervision on defendants on probation.
Much of how the center would operate, including who would staff it, will be determined in the study, as will a projected cost.
“We need to weigh everything that we do now versus what we could do if we created this day reporting and treatment center,” Dallara said.
Dallara said the county needs to consider the benefits to the cost of the new center.
“It may prove it’s not as viable of an idea as I believe it is at this time,” he said.
The county’s prison board recommended a feasibility study on the center to the county commissioners in December.
The commissioners at their meeting also approved:
— Jared Shaw of Artemas and Christopher Collins II of Clearville as full-time deputy sheriffs, effective March 18.
— Steve George, Tom Otis, Don Brown and James Vreeland for three-year terms on the Bedford County Airport Authority.