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Fire Closes Elliott County Human Services Office

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 06, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


 Fire Closes Elliott County Human Services Office

Staff temporarily offering services at Sarah’s Place


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2007) – An overnight fire has destroyed the leased office space of the Elliott County Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) in Sandy Hook, and staff will temporarily offer services to clients at Sarah’s Place.

Sarah’s Place, a women’s resource center and one of the cabinet’s community partners in Sandy Hook, is at the corner of Main and Gee streets in Sandy Hook.

No one was injured in the fire.

DCBS staff will be there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays beginning Wednesday, Feb. 7, until further notice. Clients may contact DCBS staff at the Sarah’s Place phone number, (606) 738-4270.

The Elliott County office was located in the Weddington Building on Highway 81 and housed 14 DCBS staff, as well as three community partners.

DCBS Commissioner Mark A. Washington credits outstanding teamwork for the smooth transition to an alternative office site.

 “I applaud the local, regional and central office cabinet staff who worked diligently to minimize service disruption,” Washington said. “The quick and generous response of Sarah’s Place is further evidence of the strong relationships between the cabinet and our community partners to provide ongoing access to quality services for the residents of Elliott County.”

DCBS is the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ human services agency, and its staff provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance and food stamps.

Elliott County staff working at Sarah’s Place can accept applications for food stamps, welfare assistance and Medicaid. Referrals for suspected child and adult abuse may be made to local law enforcement or the state’s central intake hot line, (800) 752-6200.

Staff in CHFS’ Office of the Ombudsman also can help Elliott County clients with questions about their benefits. The Ombudsman’s toll-free hot line is (800) 372-2973.



Last Updated 2/6/2007