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Genesee County will seek a waiver from the state for its unique mental health director situation.

Ellery Reeves was once the county’s mental health director, but he took the same position in Erie County. Reeves said he was willing to continue as mental health director for both counties simultaneously.

This kind of agreement, though, isn’t covered by state law because it made Reeves a contract worker with no benefits. 

Reeves told the County Legislature in a special meeting Wednesday that such consolidated services is the wave of the future. Erie County has given Reeves approval to serve both counties and there are other counties in the state that share the position.

Legislators discussed Wednesday the difficulty of finding director candidates who will accept the pay level of a small county and still meet state requirements.

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