Garner Cleveland Record

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Police seek citizen input

As part of its reaccreditation process, the Garner Police Department is seeking input through an online survey.

Citizens can provide feedback on performance, competency of agency employees, perception of officers’ attitudes and behaviors, concerns about safety and security in Garner and recommendations or suggestions for improvement.

The results will be used to guide the department in its decision-making processes and in development of policies and procedures. The results will be shared with the community.

To take the survey, visit and click on the link at the bottom of the page. The survey will be available until Wednesday, May 15.

Cancer study seeks participants

The American Cancer Society is seeking Johnston County residents for a cancer-prevention study.

The study is open to people 30 to 65 who have never diagnosed with cancer. They must be willing to take part in a long-term study that will involve follow-up surveys over the next 20-30 years.

Enrollment in the study will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the multipurpose room at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.

For more information, call 1-888-604-5888 or email

Bill would restore special-care funding

People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia who live in special sections of adult-care homes – and use Medicaid to help pay their bills – face a funding cut that jeopardizes their specialized care.

Family members and owners of adult-care homes – a state designation that includes assisted-living centers – hope that a recently filed bill will fend off those cuts. Special-care units provide higher levels of staffing and attention for people with dementia, for whom bathing, dressing and other care can be especially difficult and time-consuming.

The new Medicaid rules limit personal care to 80 hours a month per resident. Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican, filed a bill last week that would allow people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to receive as much as 130 hours of personal care services each month.

The increase would require approval from the legislature and the federal agency that oversees Medicaid and Medicare.