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Healthcare District to award grants


Last updated 6/19/2008 at Noon

FALLBROOK — Fiscal year 2008-2009 of the Fallbrook Healthcare District (FHD) will be the ninth year the district has presented funding to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations. Throughout the grant program years, requirements for consideration have focused on healthcare services and programs that benefit the health and wellbeing of the people served by the district. As a local government entity, funded by property tax revenue, the accountability and commitment of the district is fiduciary responsible service in healthcare under the Local Health Care District Law of the State of California.

Grant programs previously funded represented a broad variety of services in health and wellness education, medical and mental health services, disease and injury prevention, nutrition, dental care, safety, rehabilitation, diagnostic testing and, more recently, healthcare-related relief to residents impacted most heavily by last October’s firestorm. Applicants for the upcoming fiscal year grants were subjected to in-depth review, interviews and site visits.

This year, an additional element of consideration for the board of directors is the possible impact on local property tax revenue in the State’s effort to regain financial stability. To date there has not been indication from Sacramento that healthcare districts like FHD will be hit with reduction or suspension of revenues.

In discussion of this budgetary uncertainty, Director Hollis Moyse indicated that contingent funding of grants by the district would jeopardize the delivery of services to the residents of this community by the grant recipients. Moyse endorsed funding of this year’s grants regardless of the outcome of budget negotiations in Sacramento, and this position was fully supported by the board. Reserves of the district will guarantee that funds granted will be paid by the district in accord with schedules determined and agreement compliant performance by recipients of grants.

Formal presentation of the grant awards approved will be made at the Fallbrook Healthcare District board meeting Wednesday, July 16, at 5 p.m. at Fallbrook Hospital in Conference Rooms A and B. All meetings of the FHD board of directors are open to the public.

Grants due to be distributed include:

• Fallbrook Family Health Center (behavioral health): $75,000

• Fallbrook Family Health Center (uncompensated care): $75,000

• Fallbrook Food Pantry: $30,000

• Fallbrook Hospital Auxiliary: $5,000

• Fallbrook Senior Citizens Service Club: $20,000

• Fallbrook Smiles Project (community health education): $31,600

• Fallbrook Smiles Project (restorative dental healthcare): $10,000

• North County Disabled Services: $10,000

• North Inland Community Prevention Program: $29,750

• Palomar Family Counseling Service, Inc.: $73,124

• People to People Services: $8,000

• REINS: $9,200

• Think First Project: $19,500

• Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego County: $8,000

Questions regarding the grant program can be directed to Administrator Vi Dupre at (760) 731-9187.


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