[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Pine Haven Care Center"]
[/caption]The Ockawamick School building that Columbia County bought in Philmont for county offices, then instead used for storage in the face of a Department of Social Services
move out of Hudson, is now being discussed as a potential Pine Haven Nursing Home
extension. A story in the Register-Star
reports how the county is considering opening mental health office satellites in Valatie and at John L. Edwards primary school in Hudson, and is on the verge of hiring a consultant to evaluate the financial feasibility of home health care services, and the architectural firm overseeing the plans for a new Pine Haven is going to consider the Ockawamick School on Route 217 in Philmont as a potential location. The first Health and Medical Services Committee meeting, chaired by Ghent Supervisor Larry Andrews (R), was held last week consolidating the Public and Mental Health departments and the Pine Haven Nursing Home for the County Board of Supervisors' purview. The Ockawamick plan would see the site opened on a trial basis for a day or two a week, if approved. Cost considerations will be the major concern, according to county supervisors.