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Mon Fee faucets Dower for regional overview committee, drops COVID insurance policies

MORGANTOWN — The Monongalia County Fee has named Jonathan Dower as its consultant on the regional board tasked with vetting candidates and proposals searching for opioid settlement {dollars} via the West Virginia First Basis. 

The regional overview committee is a requirement of the memorandum of understanding outlining the state’s opioid settlement disbursement course of. It can function a pass-through, vetting funding purposes inside its footprint earlier than they get to the West Virginia First Basis, the state-level physique finally accountable for allocating funds. 

Assuming full participation, the Area 4 committee might be comprised of 26 members — one consultant for every county and one consultant collectively chosen by the municipalities inside every county. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the municipal consultant from Monongalia County had not been finalized. 

Dower was beforehand the county fee’s option to signify all of Area 4 on the 11-member West Virginia First Basis.  

That place went to Jonathan Board following a July vote of representatives from 28 of the 76 invited authorities our bodies throughout the area. 

Along with private expertise with habit and restoration, Dower has served or is serving as director of restoration companies for Ascension Restoration Providers; government director of West Virginia Sober Residing; vice chairman of the West Virginia Alliance of Restoration Residences; and president-elect of the West Virginia Affiliation of Dependancy and Prevention Professionals and committee chair of the Governor’s Activity Power on Substance Abuse. 

In different information from Wednesday’s assembly, the county’s COVID-19 insurance policies have formally been rescinded. 

The transfer comes practically 4 years after the state’s March 16, 2020, declaration of a State of Emergency in response to the viral pandemic, and greater than a 12 months after the state of emergency was lifted, on Jan. 1, 2023. 

“Mainly, this will get us again to regular operations. We’ve had a number of questions up to now. We all know COVID remains to be on the market in the neighborhood, however the results of it aren’t the identical because it was two years in the past and the suggestions have modified,” Fee President Sean Sikora mentioned. 

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