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Holly Place not out of state-funding picture

April 22, 2005|by TAMELA BAKER

tammyb@herald-mail.com

The waiting game continues for administrators at Holly Place and Holly Place North, assisted living facilities on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown facing financial challenges.

Despite threatened closure last month, the facilities have remained open in the hope that revenue sources will be found.

A request for $150,000 in Gov. Robert Ehrlich's supplemental budget did not materialize, but that doesn't mean Holly Place is necessarily out of the state-funding picture.

"I hear the (Washington County) Delegation is looking for a solution," said Douglas Wright Jr., president of Senior Living Alternatives. "I've been told to stay tuned."

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Though the delegation had sought a line item in the supplemental budget for Holly Place, that was just one available option for state aid. Delegation Chairman Christopher B. Shank said other avenues are being explored with the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Shank said this week that he expects to meet shortly with department officials to consider what might be available for Holly Place. The department does have some discretionary funding, he said. Just how much would be available couldn't be determined until after the General Assembly approved the fiscal year 2006 operating budget in the final days of this year's legislative session.

And how much of that money might be available to Holly Place will depend in part on what long-term solutions can be found for keeping the facilities operating, Shank said.

In the meantime, Wright said the facilities continue to draw support from the community.

"We still have money coming in," he said.

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