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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Cedar Haven

In 1830, Lebanon County opened what was then known as a "poor house."  The original building was built in what is now South Lebanon Township.  In 1887, a new facility was built and the old one razed.  The new facility consisted of approximately 12 buildings.

In 1937, the county commissioners abolished the poor district and the county almshouse became known as the County Institution District.  Construction on Cedar Haven began 27 years later.

The cornerstone for Cedar Haven was laid in 1964, and the facility opened in 1966 with the transfer of approximately 160 patients from the county almshouse.  Cedar Haven originally housed 240 beds, and a 160-bed skilled care wing was opened in 1975.   Source:  Lebanon Daily News 7/29/94 With a State emphasis on assisted living, over the years, the County decertified 77 beds leaving 323 active beds.

In 2014, Cedar Haven was sold for $25.5M on a 2 to 1 vote with Commissioner list voting against divesting of this asset.


There are full and part time openings on all shifts for certified and uncertified nursing assistants.  Flexible hours are also available.  There is a competitive wage starting at $10.22 per hour and an excellent benefit package offered.  Applications are available at the front desk.  Duties include bathing, feeding, and caring for elderly residents. 

When the following form is completed and returned for a qualified individual, their name goes on a chronologically dated waiting list.  No preferential treatment is given.  When considering admissions, the commissioners follow the list.

    Client History

On January 1, 1991, LAMP (Long Term Care Assessment Management Program) now know as OPTIONS was started in Lebanon County.  The purpose of this program is to assess a Medical Assistance eligible person's need for long term care.  You will not be admitted to Cedar Haven Nursing Home until you have OPTIONS approval for long term care.   The OPTIONS program will make all final decisions regarding the applicants eligibility for long term care.  If denied by OPTIONS as not needing long term care, the applicant will be denied admission due to state regulations requiring the applicant to need long term care.


County residents were given preference for admission.  Out-of-county residents were admitted after County residents have been served.


A County resident is defined as any person who has continuously resided in Lebanon County for a period of one year immediately prior to admission or for five of the last ten years.  Periods of care in other institutional settings shall not be credited toward this requirement nor serve to disqualify an applicant under these terms of admission.


While the Lebanon County Home is primarily concerned with providing care for the geriatric person, age shall not be the paramount consideration.  Where acute or chronic need exists and where indigence has been established, consideration for admission shall be given irrespective of age.


The applicant agrees to make all his assets available to Cedar Haven upon admission in order to defray the cost of his care at the published rate until such resources have been depleted.  An applicant is given the same consideration for admission regardless of assets.


Applicant agrees to make available any and all income resources he has to Cedar Haven for use in his maintenance and care in the home.  This shall include Social Security benefits, VA benefits, pension(s), income from trusts, and any other miscellaneous income.  Upon application for Medical Assistance benefits, the County Assistance Office shall determine the amount of income that the resident must provide towards his care.