Family Services biennial budget is $240 million for Pulaski Co.
Cabinet employs 100 to administer this county
by Bill Mardis Commonwealth Journal
More than $240 million flows to Pulaski County from the state’s biennial budget through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, according to the Cabinet’s recently appointed secretary.
Audrey Haynes, speaking Tuesday to the monthly membership meeting of the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, also said the Cabinet has 100 employees working in Pulaski County, not counting the 700 employees at Bluegrass Oakwood who work for Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board.
Haynes, a native of Somerset, was here to help kick off the annual fund-raising campaign for United Way of South Central Kentucky. She took the opportunity to point out close ties between Pulaski countians and the Cabinet which she heads.
Some of the sources of money and benefits that come to Pulaski County through the Cabinet are:
• Nearly 15,800 individuals in Pulaski County currently receive health coverage through Medicaid.
• Approximately $14.3 million was paid by Medicaid to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Of that total, $9.4 million was revenue for services the hospital provided to individuals living in Pulaski County who are eligible for Medicaid.
• Some 6,500 households in Pulaski County get food stamps at a cost of $21 million.
• Family Resource and Youth Service Centers, working with local school districts, have served more than 10,200 students. Needs met by these centers could be as small as helping a child get a backpack or school supplies, or helping the family of a student find food or providing food, shelter or medical attention for the family of a student, Haynes said.
• KCHIP (Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program) provides free or low cost health insurance for 1,300 Pulaski County children.
• More than $5.6 million was collected in delinquent child support for custodial parents and children. Haynes pointed out that these collections were made while working with Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield’s office.
Most of the 100 employees of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services work in the Department for Community Based Services which provides assistance and services to family in need.
Remaining Cabinet employees represent offices of the Ombudsman and Inspector General, Department for Aging and Independent Living, Income Support and Child Support Enforcement, Medicaid, Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Development Disabilities, Family Resource and Youth Services Center and Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs.