Logan County Commissioners took under advisement on Tuesday a request to help fund two full-time positions for a Sterling behavioral health provider.
Michelle McCauley, owner of New Pathways to Wellness and Recovery, presented a plan to the commissioners that would provide two full-time advisers for New Pathways. Dave Long, director of social services for Logan County, approved the plan and said a funding contract could be structured to limit county support for McCauley’s business to a start-up period.
McCauley said that, unlike government-backed agencies that have taxpayer-funded budgets, his business has to rely heavily on Medicaid payments, and these are spotty at best. New Pathways advisors are not employees, but are trying to start their own businesses.
“It’s almost like a business within a business, and although I’m trying to expand our business and save enough to start paying salaries, we’re just not there,” he said. she declared.
When an advisor is successful in building a clientele, they tend to separate themselves from New Pathways and go out on their own. McCauley said she needed a way to attract two full-time employees with decent pay and benefits to stay and help her grow her business. It would cost between $ 216,000 and $ 250,000 per year. McCauley is asking for $ 81,360 for one year, while she would provide the remaining $ 20,340.
Long told commissioners that COVID recovery funds are available to provide such a grant for two years, which should give McCauley time to establish a reliable income stream and retain his two advisers.
“We could structure the contract so that once it becomes sustainable, we (increase) the funding until it ends,” Long said.
Commissioners appeared receptive to McCauley’s proposal. Commissioner Jane Bauder said McCauley’s success is important to the community.
“You are filling a void that we desperately need to fill, and we need you to be successful,” Bauder said.
Commissioners will consider McCauley’s proposal and, after working with Alan Samber County, hope to have a deal they can vote on in the near future.