Berkeley County seeks to expand day report center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council wants to expand the Day Report Center, but they’ll need more room and more money.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti and Day Report Center Director Tim Czaja went before the council Thursday to offer an update.

With 120 current participants they are already beyond capacity.

Czaja told WEPM news they are waiting on a pair of grants that will help expand their staff.

“Two additional full-time case managers and two part-time employees to assist in transportation services,” are what Czaja says will be made possible with the first grant.

A separate grant will provide funding for an additional community engagement specialist.

The Day Report Center is an alternative to jail for non-violent offenders.

Delligatti said she’d like to utilize it more often because of the benefits to the county and the offenders.

“Rather than sitting in jail everyday they are reporting to the day report center seeking treatment and getting counseling in many other areas, including career development,” She told WEPM News.

The County Council gave instructions to begin gathering resumes so the hiring process will be as fast as possible if the grants are awarded next month.