Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

January 23, 2004

Sheriff's Office recognized by national commission

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has received a national award for meeting nearly 100 standards related to life, health and safety issues as well as legal and liability requirements.

The award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. was presented yesterday to Carroll County Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning. The national organization's "recognition status" is needed before law enforcement agencies can seek accreditation.

The assessment, which covers three years, was completed in August. The county commissioners praised the Sheriff's Office for its work.

Bureau of Aging chief expects state funding cuts

Several of Carroll County's programs for older residents have operated with less state funding while demand for their services has grown, officials told the county commissioners yesterday.

Janet B. Flora, chief of the county's Bureau of Aging, said she anticipates cuts to the Maryland Department of Aging - which in turn will trickle down to the local agency - as the governor and state officials work on a proposed $23.8 billion budget.

There have been reductions in state money for the Bureau of Aging's assisted-living program, its senior health insurance program and its efforts to curb Medicare and Medicaid abuse.

For example, hours for the assisted-living program coordinator were recently cut from 22.5 to about seven, said Aidet Munoz, the program's supervisor.

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