Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Commissioners toured the Community Free Clinic (CFC) at 249 Mill Street and heard a presentation by Executive Director Robin Roberson, Board of Directors member Michael Stanford, and Julie Caniford, President of the CFC Board of Directors.
CFC requested to be placed on the agenda to discuss potential funding for the Clinic.
Community Free Clinic is a 501.c3 non-profit organization that, since 1990, has provided free medical care, prescription medication and laboratory services to uninsured residents of Washington County, Maryland. An increased demand for Clinic services placed a burden on the Clinic's operating budget. CFC experienced a 49% growth in the number of patients from 2004 to 2005. From January through April 2006 the Clinic experienced an additional 6.5% growth in the number of patients going to the Clinic for care. Clinic representatives told the Board that CFC cannot continue to operate at that level of demand without additional funding. The current operating budget for fiscal year 2006-2007 is at a deficit of $130,000, with the Clinic discontinuing acceptance of new patients as of July 1. The group said that CFC staff and its Board of Directors is actively seeking the necessary funding to meet budgetary needs. Until those needs are met CFC will not be accepting new patients, the group said.
Earl Stoner of the Washington County Health Department and Maureen Grove, Chairperson for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force brought this request to the Board. The recommendation is that the County Commissioners support a proposal for $134,097 in funds for a Full Time Nurse Practitioner, Media Ads, Equipment and Supplies and Medications as requested in the Washington County Health Department (WCHD) budget for Fiscal Year 2007. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force officially supports the provision of additional funds to the Health Department to improve prevention efforts in the County. A special meeting of the Task Force was held on June 29th, to view a presentation by the WCHD explaining utilization of the County funds, which were set aside for use in teen pregnancy prevention. The Commissioners had asked that the Task Force be available to provide guidance on funding from the county for the prevention effort. At that meeting, the Task Force voted unanimously to support the WCHD and report that support to the County Commissioners. The Task Force says that the Health Department proposal directly supports recommendations of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Needs Assessment as reported in September 2005. The measure was approved on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Bill Wivell voting "no".