JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County Director of Community Services Director Ernest Gagnon is requesting the extension of a county position handling records work related to privatization of the county's two former mental health clinics.
He said the integrating of records is only halfway done.
The county at the beginning of the year transferred services offered at its former Gloversville-based Mental Health and Addiction Services clinics to the private St. Mary's Healthcare of Fulton County, part of the Amsterdam-based hospital. Supervisors last year decided to privatize the clinics, which served 1,000 patients at any given time, in an effort to reduce costs.
The former mental health clinic is at the County Annex at 57 E. Fulton St., and the addiction clinic is at 73 N. Main St.
Gagnon on Tuesday requested the Board of Supervisors' Human Services Committee grant an extension until Sept. 30 for a social work position handling records related to the transfer of services to St. Mary's. The committee supported the extension, which faces board action Aug. 13.
He said the employee is currently consolidating, reducing and destroying, where appropriate, existing clinics' records and creating a spreadsheet of other records from the clinics. He said the process is proceeding much slower than expected. He said money is budgeted for the extension.
"We wanted to be totally done in a month," Gagnon said.
But he said even if the employee leaves, the rest of the work can be done by existing staff by the end of the year or early next year.