Human Services to be affected by federal cuts

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Sibley County Human Services will feel the affects of federal cuts for targeted case management.

Vicki Stock, Sibley County Human Services Director, explained that the federal government made “huge” cuts to targeted case management, which provides revenue for work completed in adult mental health, children’s mental health, vulnerable adults, developmentally disabled, and child welfare cases. In the past, Sibley County has received about $240,000 annually in revenue from this program.

Stock said Human Services Departments are pushing the Department of Human Services for answers regarding the cuts, so they will know how to budget for 2007.

Stock has heard that 50-75% of the revenue received in the child welfare area would be eliminated.

Sibley County has been notified that its rate for targeted case management will either stay the same or be slightly increased for 2007, Stock said.

Sibley County uses the funds toward mandated social services programs to off set county levy dollars, Stock said.

In other business, the Human Services Board:

• Approved the purchase of a color printer for the amount of $721.09.

• Approved a contract with Habilitative Services effective July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007, to provide home and community based services, funded through the waiver program.

• Renewed a South Central Community Based Initiative Compact, involving 10 counties working on a mental health project.

• Hired Dana Anderson as a community support technician, effective June 19.

• Reported decreases in the number of clients in DWP, a cash program for families, and MFIP, a cash and food benefits program for families with children. Learned there were increases in clients in the Food Support and medical programs.

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