The state’s current process for administration and funding of over 30 public health programs at the local level is fragmented, inflexible, and fails to hold local health jurisdictions (LHJs) accountable for achieving results. This reduces the effectiveness of these programs because these services are not coordinated or integrated and LHJs cannot focus on meeting the overall goal of improving the public’s health. We recommend (1) the consolidation of certain public health programs into a block grant. and (2) the enactment of legislation that would direct the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop a model consolidated contract for these and other public health programs (which are not consolidated into the block grant). In addition, we recommend that outcome measures for these programs be developed and that DPH work with counties in using a consolidated contract.
[PDF] Analysis of the 2008-09 Budget Bill, Health and Social Services ChapterReport Feb 20, 2008
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