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Warren County Freeholders discuss Warren Haven options

By Kris Rile, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Apr 24 2013 11:06:17 PM CDT

The Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders decided to move forward with a study to be conducted by Marcus & Millichap concerning options for Warren Haven, the long-term healthcare facility in the County.

The Freeholders have been discussing various options of what to do regarding Warren Haven due to the increase in costs and lack of an increase in state funding. According to Freeholder Director Jason Sarnoski, state funding has remained the same since 2011 and will continue to remain stagnant for at least another year.

“I think we should put together an ad-hoc advisory committee for Warren Haven,” commented Sarnoski.

Sarnoski suggested composing a committee of five members, including residents of the County and the Human Services Department. Fellow Freeholder Richard Gardner suggested adding a medical professional and a businessman to this panel. The Freeholders suggested creating this committee in order to help look at every option regarding Warren Haven and to make the best decision possibly for the facility, the residents, and the County.

“We want to provide the best possible care for our residents and we won’t be able to provide it if the funding continues to decline,” commented Sarnoski. “We need to find new ways to provide care,” he continued.

Gardner stated that he is aware of other long-term healthcare facilities, both in and out of New Jersey, that have “turned things around” and he plans on seeing what they have done and bring some suggestions back to the Freeholders.

Along with the composition of an ad-hoc committee, the Freeholders have decided to move forward with the study suggested to them by Marcus & Millichap regarding Warren Haven. Marcus & Millichap will be doing a study on Warren Haven and will come back to the Freeholders with suggests on how to either increase revenue at the facility or how to save on costs.

Although the Freeholders are committing to this study, “this is not a declaration of privatization,” stated Sarnoski.

According to Sarnoski, there is no cost to the County and the Freeholders are not obligated to make any decisions based off of this study.