SCOPE close to merger

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Trumbull County SCOPE will be merging with a Portage County nonprofit organization.

Ravenna-based Family and Community Services will merge with Trumbull SCOPE, which has had financial issues since being decertified by the state for poor oversight. The merger could happen as early as the end of September or early October.

The deal could mean programs such as in-home care to senior citizens that were canceled after decertification as a long-term care provider would return, along with other benefits.

SCOPE director Ralph Smith said those who use SCOPE will see improvements if the merger happens.

“We are going to be able to concentrate more on our mission not having to do the things we have to do now just to keep operations going,” Smith said. “Plus there are opportunities to bring new programs in that we want to do.”

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