The county commissioners of counties of the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth classes shall have the power and it shall be their duty, with funds of the county, according to rules, regulations and standards established by the Department of Public Welfare:
(1) To care for any dependent having a settlement in the county, who is not otherwise cared for: Provided, however, That no applicant for public nursing home 1 care under the medical assistance for aged provisions of the “Public Assistance Law,” who resides in Pennsylvania, shall be rendered ineligible for such care by lack of settlement in the county.
(2) To contract with other counties, any institution district, or any individual, association, corporation or other entity for the care of any dependent.
(3) To contract with any association in Pennsylvania organized to provide a home or employment for deaf and dumb or blind persons having a settlement in the county, or to care for any dependent having a settlement in the county, who is deaf and dumb or blind or to help him through employment.
(4) To pay the cost or part of the cost with respect to mental or other patients imposed by law upon county institution districts.
(5) To take any other action authorized by law.
(6) To contract with any individual, association, corporation, institution or governmental agency for the purpose of providing foster home care for persons over eighteen years of age. If, in the discretion of the county commissioners, such foster home care is advisable, the county commissioners may expend funds for such foster home care in addition to any funds paid by the Commonwealth or any individual, association, corporation, institution or governmental agency to or for such persons over eighteen years of age.
(7) To require that any person cared for in an institution as defined herein shall pay for the cost of his care to the extent of his available resources.
(8) To provide or to contract with any individual, corporation, institution or governmental agency to provide care and services designed to help dependents remain in or return to community living, outside county institutions.
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