Six Aging Resource Centers to Close in W.Va. after Budget Cuts

By: Anna Baxter, The Associated Press Email
By: Anna Baxter, The Associated Press Email

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- Budget cuts are forcing the state to close some of its Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

The centers help seniors and residents with disabilities find and apply for services and resources to help them live independently.

Bureau of Senior Services says that centers in Petersburg, Fairmont, Charleston and Princeton will remain open. The agency will close centers in Wheeling, Parkersburg, Milton, Lewisburg, Martinsburg and Dunbar.

Commissioner Robert Roswell says the offices that are remaining open are the most productive and had the most walk-in consumers.

When asked if these closures would impact jobs, Roswell said "Employment and staffing are at the direction [of] the Provider Agencies, so I cannot tell you the new staffing pattern. There are other funded services in those Agencies where some positions could be absorbed."

Roswell says the bureau had to reduce its budget by 7.5 percent. He says this redesigned system saved roughly $400,000 and prevented an equal amount of potential cuts in senior meals or in home care.

The bureau provides grants to organizations to operate the centers.

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