County cancels contract after charges filed
Updated: Thursday, September 19 2013, 06:47 PM EDT
By Gary Sinderson
BELLEFONTE, Pa. – An update on a story 6 News first reported Wednesday.
A Centre County mental health counselor, who worked with inmates and others in the court system, was charged with making false police reports to hide an affair with a client.
Centre County administrators confirmed Thursday they are cutting ties with Actions Counseling Service.
“Initially it was suspended,” Commissioner Chris Exarchos said of the contract. “But we’re now in the process of cutting it.”
The service is co-owned by Cindy Brumbaugh, who counseled court ordered clients in a Batterers’ Intervention Program.
This week, state police charged Brumbaugh with making false reports after she told them a client sexually assaulted her.
Court documents show the client responded with e-mails she sent him showing they were having an ongoing relationship.
Police say that came to light after they were in a car wreck, and Brumbaugh's husband found out. Court documents said she wanted to cover up the affair.
The amount the county paid Actions for counseling wasn’t a set fee.
“It was $10,000 from the county, then a fee per client with the clients reimbursing their costs,” said Centre County Administrator Tim Boyde.
County administrators are now looking for another service to provide similar counseling services.