February 11, 2016

Board increases funding to Health Department

By Tim Barnum
Staff writer
ARENAC COUNTY — The Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) will be getting a two-percent increase in its portion of funding provided by Arenac County next year. According to Mary Kushion, director at CMDHD, the amount paid to the Department from Arenac County will be approximately $124,332 after the Commissioners made a motion Nov. 12 to increase the funding by two-percent, or $2,438. “It’s a broad band of services that we (CMDHD) are able to provide,” Kushion said, adding the amount of services provided has increased due to the struggling economy. “We see more people in WIC (Women, infants and children). … We have more people that are without a healthcare provider.” Kushion also added the Department is seeing an increase in the number of flu shots, immunizations and tuberculosis shots due to the increased need for public health that comes with a recessed economy. Board of Commissioners Chairman, Raymond Daniels, who also sits on the CMDHD Board of Health, said at the Nov. 12 meeting that a motion had been made in the past to increase the funding by two-percent, but it failed. Without the increase, though, Kushion said the CMDHD would have to charge a $5 surcharge on its environmental health services – food services, well permits, septic permits, etc.
To see more, please read the Nov. 19 issue of the Arenac Independent.

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