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Some fear Morgan Medicaid recipients not getting the services they need

Article Date: 
7 December, 2012 (All day)

Weber Human Services representatives fear Morgan Medicaid recipients’ needs are not being met.
Of the 289 Morgan residents on Medicaid, the Weber Human Services office in Ogden is only seeing 17 clients.  Of those 17, nine are adults, five have been court referred for substance abuse services, and three are involved in youth substance abuse services.
Kevin Eastman, Weber Human Services executive director, wonders if more Morgan residents would actively seek out the help provided by Weber Human Services if the agency had a physical presence in the county.  
Morgan County has already agreed to provide office space, but Eastman would have to consider hiring a new employee to staff a Morgan office.  The employee’s wages would  be handled by Weber Human Services at no cost to Morgan County, Eastman said.
The question really comes down to demand, Eastman said.  He said he would not be able to justify a full-time employee in Morgan unless the area created a workload of 60 to 80 people.
Both Eastman and members of the Morgan County Council speculated that the numbers of Morgan residents being helped now is low because many cannot afford to travel to the Ogden area.
“Could we provide more services if we had a presence in the county rather than having them drive?” Eastman asked the council in their latest meeting.  “It is a fairly good drive to get to services.”
Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley said Morgan residents are more likely to seek help in “locations that are comfortable and familiar to them.”
The council would like to survey Morgan Medicaid recipients for feedback to gauge if there is interest in a Morgan office for the Weber Human Services.  Weber Human Services provides various services including mental health, substance abuse treatment, and various services for the elderly.