CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Helping people before they reach a crisis is a goal that Doug Price wants to meet in Franklin County and across Pennsylvania.
"Sometimes we try to catch kids as they are falling over the dam when, instead, we need to go upriver," the Franklin County Human Services administrator said Thursday.
Price, 46, of Chambersburg, was hired to head the county's human service agencies in October 1995.
He recently was elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of County Human Service Administrators.
In that role, he will help chart the course of 48 county human service agencies across the state.
Price said about 150 Franklin County employees work in programs that assist thousands of people each year.
Those include the Area Agency on Aging, Children and Youth Services and programs dealing with mental health, mental retardation and drug and alcohol problems. The budgets for the various programs total about $16 million in a county budget of about $56 million, Price said.