BELLEFONTE — Centre Countys mental health office is set for its move early next month to the former Corning factory in College Township.
Things are falling into place, Administrator Carol Waltz told the Centre County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Everything is on schedule.
In May, the commissioners approved a 10-year lease for the space, which will be the new home of the countys office of Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities- Drug and Alcohol.
Waltz said the move-in process will start the first weekend of October to limit interruptions for customers.
Im thankful we will be able to move in on the weekend, so we dont shut down the office and interrupt service, she said.
The new office features 13,732 square feet of space, about 4,000 more than at the current location.
Waltz said the new site provides additional meeting space and offices for consulting psychologists, important because of confidentially requirements.
The move also frees up space in the Willowbank Building for the countys new 911 communications center, which will move to the first floor offices previously occupied by MH/ID.
Commissioner Chairman Steve Dershem said parking congestion at the Willowbank Building, long a concern, should also improve.
Waltz has said MH/ID has 61 staff members and deals with between 3,000 and 4,000 customers from across the county.
The new location at 3500 E. College Ave., is more centrally located and will provide more handicapped parking, Waltz said.
The lease, which can be extended for an additional 15 years, will cost the county $137,320 annually.
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