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Health Dept. terminates social services contract

August 11, 2011

Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons

A contract for social services offered as part of the family planning program at the Auglaize County Health Department has been terminated.
“We’re streamlining family planning,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said of the decision after the Auglaize County Health Board’s meeting this week. “We don’t feel we can afford to offer it any more.”
Parsons said the decision was made as the department continues to receive less funding through grants and other sources.
The contract, which the Health Department had held with Amy Freeman for six years, was for nearly $30,000, but averaged between $25,000 and $28,000 annually.
Freeman, a licensed social worker, provided social assessments and many referrals for clients who could benefit from services offered by other agencies. Throughout the year Freeman would interact with each of the 350 to 400 women served through the family planning program.
“We will still offer social assessment but not to the depth we were able to before,” Parsons said.
The Health Department also again received no findings or citations on an audit of its Family and Children First Council.
“An auditor routinely looks at it every two years,” Parsons said of the recently completed audit of the program for 2009 and 2010.
The audit of the program is separate from an annual audit of the Health Department, which also received no findings or citations this year.
“Because we received no findings or citations, we waived the exit conference to cut down costs,” Parsons said.
The audit report can be viewed at auditor.state.oh.us
While a report with no findings and citations has been typical for the Health Department, Parsons said she is happy for that to continue.
In other action, the Health Board approved a 14-day order for Erin Kammell, 122 Sturgeon St., St. Marys, to have her dog vaccinated for rabies. The order was required after the dog, who had an expired rabies vaccination, bit someone.
Notices of award for fiscal year 2012 were made with $40,000 for Child and Family Health Services, $140,650 for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at 19 percent less than the initial allocation, $108,625 Help Me Grow Part C, and $110,460 Help Me Grow GRF. For the first time, Help Me Grow money is being divided into two funding streams instead of three as part of a transitional year.

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