Health gets big boost from county |

Health gets big boost from county

B.H. Bose

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has transferred $71,984 to the health department. The money was made available by the California Department of Alcohol/Drug Programs.

Each fiscal year, the department allocates $1million to county public health departments to fund treatment facilities.

“During the year the state reviews each county,” said Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, director of El Dorado County’s Public Health Department. “In El Dorado, they knew the utilization rate was going to be greater than the allotted funding.”

According to Erbe-Hamlin, the state determines the amount of people using Medical (care provided by the state low-income families) during the first half of the fiscal year and projects the cost for the year using that same trend. This year, that trend led to additional funding for El Dorado County in the amount of $71,984. Compared to previous years, it is a relatively average increase.

“We have had a pretty stable funding base. Considering the $1 million we receive annually, the $70,000-plus addition is an expected variability,” Erbe-Hamlin said.

Most funding for the county alcohol and drug treatment centers comes from private, non-profit organizations, Erbe-Hamlin said. So, approximately 80 percent of the additional funding the public health department receives from the county will be “contracted back out” to the specific groups.

There are two alcohol/drug treatment centers in the county, the Sierra Recovery Center and the Tahoe Youth and Family Services. They are both located in South Lake Tahoe.

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