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An Ombudsman is a trained individual who helps protect the rights of individuals living in both long term care facilities and nursing homes.
The Ombudsman provide information, answer questions, investigate complaints and offer assistance to resolve problems about the quality of care and treatment individuals receive while living there.
To contact the local Ombudsman please call The Office of Aging at 814-355-6716.
New participants are always welcome to join. To learn more about senior centers click here.
Also, If you need help completing your PA-1000 Rent/Property Rebate you can call (814) 355-6816 to schedule an appointment.
If you are unaware who your service coordinator is, you can contact the Pennsylvania Enrollment Broker to get that information at 1-877-550-4227. As of 2020, each participant who is receiving Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) will have a Managed Care Organization (MCO) that they can also contact to get information on their providers.
OLTL also has a Quality Assurance Hotline you can call to file a complaint directly with the State at 1-800-757-5042.
The County will fully investigate any suspected acts of fraud, abuse, or illegal acts. An objective and impartial investigation will be conducted regardless of the position, title, or relationship with the County of any party who might be involved. The County will maintain the confidentiality of any person who in good faith reports a suspected act of fraud. The person’s identity will not be divulged without permission, unless required by law. Upon notification of suspected fraud the Controller or the County Administrator will conduct an investigation, convene a compliance committee, and if necessary may contact the following:
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You can file a letter of appeal. In your letter, describe the problem you have encountered and provide your name/address/phone number, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of the insurer/managed care firm or health plan. Send your letter of appeal to your insurer or health plan and to the following organizations:
Health Care UnitOffice of Attorney GeneralStrawberry Square, 14th FloorHarrisburg, PA 171201-877-888-4877Fax (717)787-1190
Deb BeckConsumer Advocacy Project of PA2033 Linglestown Road, Box 230Harrisburg, PA 171101-717-657-7702Fax (717) 657-7784
The treatment agency may also be able to assist you in the appeal process. You may be eligible for county support if you insurance does not pay, or only pays a portion of the cost. Please discuss your situation with the admissions staff at the treatment facility and/or with one of the administrative case management staff.
If the person refuses to get the intensive treatment needed, he/she might be willing to start with outpatient services. This may be the first step in the right direction. It is important that you not blame yourself for the person's behavior or decision to use alcohol or other drugs.
Many other self-help groups have adopted the twelve-step philosophy. These groups include Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, cocaine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. Likewise family and friend support groups like Al-Anon, Alateen, and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) have adapted the 12 steps for their own use.
Information on local Twelve-Step groups can be obtained by calling the following numbers:
Answering "yes" to any of these questions may indicate a problem with drug or alcohol use. If you are concerned, call and ask about your options for treatment services.
The following are suggestions for reaching out to your child/teen:
When the mother drinks, the alcohol passes through her system and into the baby through the placenta. Since the baby is much smaller and not as well developed, the alcohol remains in the baby's body for a much longer period of time, at much higher levels. This can cause life-long damage to the child.
No level of alcohol use during pregnancy is safe. Since a woman may not know for several weeks or months, anyone who may be pregnant or is trying to get pregnant, should not use alcohol in any amount. March of Dimes - Alcohol & Drugs
Enabling is habit-forming, and is hard to stop once you start. We are afraid of losing that person or we may fear we won't be needed anymore. However, you must put a stop to your own enabling behaviors to help break down the alcoholic's/addict's system of denial.
What can you do?
Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous. Pain medications such as Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, and Codeine are highly addictive and can result in death if misused or combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Another category of dangerous medications are classed as benzodiazepines. Anti-anxiety medications such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan are also highly addictive and can be medically dangerous during detoxification.
Finally, youth and teens may have access to central nervous system stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderal which are often prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These can also be abused and are addictive.
It is critical that prescription and OTC medications be taken only as prescribed. They should be monitored and kept away from youth and teens. Dispose of extra medications when you have finished them, and do not use old prescription medications or others' prescription medications. Do not be fooled into thinking that these types of drugs cannot be addictive and dangerous.
The PACE Program will pay the Part D premiums for PACE cardholders enrolled in one of the plans that has a signed agreement. PACE will pay up to the regional benchmark, which is $35.50 for 2014. If you enroll in a plan with a premium higher than $35.50, you must pay the difference.
The Program will not be able to help pay the Part D plan premium for individuals who are not enrolled in a Part D plan that does not have a signed agreement.
PACENET cardholders enrolled in one of the program's partner Part D plans will have to pay the Part D plan's premium at the pharmacy but will no longer have to pay the PACENET deductible. You will never be charged more than the cost of your medication at one time. Therefore, if the cost of your medication is less than the amount of premium you owe, you only pay the cost of the medication and the remaining amount of the premium you owe will be carried over until you need another medication filled (that same month or the next month).
EXAMPLE: Part D plan's monthly premium is $34.00.
Prescription filled on 1/12/14 – cost of the drug was $8.25 – cardholder charged $8.25 and this amount goes toward the premium of $34.00 ($25.75 remaining).
Prescription filled on 1/13/14 – cost of the drug was $14.20 – cardholder charged $14.20 and this amount goes toward the remaining premium of $25.75 ($11.55 remaining).
Prescription filled on 1/13/14 – cost of the brand drug was $153.24 – cardholder charged $11.55 to meet the remaining amount of the premium plus a $15 co-payment for the brand name medication.
PACENET cardholders enrolled in a non-partner Part D plan will have to pay the Part D plan's premium directly to the Part D plan each month, but they will not have to pay the PACENET deductible at the pharmacy.
If you have not used your PACENET card and you do not currently take medications, you will not have to pay this deductible until you activate your card at the pharmacy. Once you activate your PACENET card, the monthly deductible will accumulate if it is not met each month. This process is only for PACENET cardholders that do not enroll in Part D.
EXAMPLE: I sign up for PACENET in January 2014, but do not use my card until March, 2014. In March, I pay a deductible of $35.50. If I do not purchase any medications in April, my deductible in May will be $71.00 ($35.50 from April plus $35.50 for May) and so forth.
If you are enrolled in a non-partner Part D plan, you may receive a bill for the monthly premium:
* If you are a PACE member in a non-partner Part D plan that has signed a premium payment agreement with the program, you should not receive a monthly bill because PACE will pay the premium to the plan for you, as long as the monthly premium does not exceed $35.50.
In addition, you should not sign up for deductions from your Social Security checks for payment of your Part D premiums or send payment for any coupon booklets you receive without first checking with the PACE/PACENET program.
* If you are a PACE member in a non-partner Part D plan that does NOT have a signed premium payment agreement with the program, you will have to pay the monthly premium to the plan.
* All PACENET members who are in a non-partner Part D plan should receive a monthly premium bill from their Part D plan and are responsible for paying that premium directly to the plan.
We can accept cash or check for recording fees. It is not necessary to present separate checks for state or local transfer taxes. All checks are payable to "Centre County Recorder of Deeds." Remember, all deeds and instruments conveying real estate need to have a "Uniform Parcel Identifier" number on the document before it can be recorded. This UPI number must be issued by the Centre County Assessment Office. A separate check made payable to County of Centre will be necessary for this process. To find out more about the UPI requirements, call the Assessment Office at 814-355-6721.
Yes, but make sure all documents meet all legal recording criterion requirements and the proper fee is enclosed. All documents require self addressed stamped envelopes for return! Deeds that need a UPI number can be sent directly to the Tax Assessment office and after the UPI number is affixed Assessment will forward the deed to the Recorder's office.
A lien is any official claim or charge against property or funds for payment of a debt or an amount owed for services rendered. The “property” doesn’t necessarily have to be real estate, just something of value owned by the debtor.
A mortgage is a loan that has been secured by real estate. Typically a mortgage gives the lender the right to seize and sell your home if you default on the mortgage payments. A mortgage can become a lien if the mortgagor goes into default, but otherwise a mortgage is not technically a lien.
In county terminology, a Lien is a court-ordered claim against an individual recorded at the Prothonotary’s Office.
A Mortgage is a loan that has been secured by real estate recorded at the Recorder of Deeds office.
Topographic (TOPO) Quadrangle Maps are available in the Centre County Conservation District Office located in the Willowbank Building that show elevation and latitude and longitude of each area in the county.
Except mortgages, most liens are filed in the Prothonotary's Office, not in the Recorder of Deeds Office. Our office maintains records of mortgages and secured transactions affecting real estate. Judgement liens, municipal liens and secured transactions affecting personal property are filed in the Prothonotary's Office.
Our records are by names, not location. If you want all the property owned by an individual, our records will list that. If you want to know who owns a certain lot, that information will be available in the Centre County Tax Assessment Office, on the third floor of the Willowbank Building. Their information will tell you the owner. If you need to research the deed for more information, come to our office with the owner's name.
There is a 1% state tax and a 1% local tax on the consideration or value of the property and interest being conveyed, except for State College Borough (3%), Ferguson Township (2.75%), and Taylor Township (1.5%). The state share is forwarded to the Department of Revenue. The local share is split between the municipality in which the real estate is located and the school district which serves that location.
Centre County Tax Rate Table
It is a state form that is used to set the value of a property being conveyed or to explain the reason for an exemption of transfer tax. They must be presented with a deed that is exempt of tax and our office will forward them to the Department of Revenue for review and final approval. Statements of value are required any time the true value of a property is not shown on the deed (such as in a $1 consideration) or when the tax is not paid at recording.