The future operation of Johnson County’s MHMR Center may be decided during Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting, according to County Judge Roger Harmon.

Harmon said the state wants to regionalize operations of mental health and mental retardation centers to streamline operations. For that reason, commissioners will consider entering negotiations with the Pecan Valley or Lakes Regional MHMR centers to form an agreement to affiliate Johnson County MHMR with either of those centers.

Commissioner R.C. McFall said Pecan Valley currently has agreements with Hood and Somervell counties for similar services. Harmon and McFall said county patients would still be served locally while oversight of the program would take place elsewhere.

Harmon said a scheduled workshop to discuss the matter will precede Monday’s regular meeting.

Commissioners also plan to possibly hire a temporary employee as a readiness initiative volunteer recruiter for the inoculations program. The program springs from a grant fund for the development of plans to inoculate county residents in the event of an emergency, Harmon said. He said the person to be hired would be charged with fully developing such a plan and ensuring the county is ready should such an emergency occur. Harmon added that commissioners and county school superintendents are in talks to set up inoculation centers at area schools if the need arises.

McFall said the commissioners also hope to authorize and designate county polling locations for the March 7 Democratic and Republican primaries.

Lastly, the commissioners plan to recognize several county employees with service pins and certificates of achievement. Commissioners will also recognize the Cleburne Area Quilter’s Guild.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Guinn Justice Center in Cleburne.

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