Closings and delays

Stokes County to vote on CenterPoint money Sept. 10

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STOKES CO., N.C. — The Stokes County Board of Commissioners plan to vote on a one-time funding allocation request by CenterPoint Human Services on Sept. 10, said county manager Rick Morris said Tuesday.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that CenterPoint, a Winston-Salem based agency that oversees behavioral-health services, said it needs to borrow a combined $2 million in taxpayer money from Forsyth ($1.53 million), Davie ($89,270), Stokes ($148,127) and Rockingham ($228,579) counties.

The agency said the loans are critical to helping it pay $3.7 million in transition costs toward becoming a managed care organization by Jan. 1. The agency has reportedly pledged to pay back the loans over five years.

CenterPoint’s request has been met with resistance from the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and evoked emotional debate among local advocates. The Forsyth board has not agreed to put the request up for a vote.

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.