County Receives Funds for Child Health, Education Programs
Stanislaus County in 2006 received $8.5 million for early childhood health and education programs from a state tobacco tax, the Modesto Bee reports. California voters in 1998 approved the 50-cent tax, proceeds of which are administered by county First 5 commissions.
Stanislaus County uses its share of the revenue to fund:
- Healthy Cubs initiative, which provides health care visits for children from households with incomes that do not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level;
- 10 family resource centers, which offer health insurance enrollment, health and mental health evaluations, referrals for services and other programs;
- Safety programs; and
- Child care development services.
The tax generated about $700 million statewide in 2006.
Ken Patterson, chair of the Stanislaus County Children & Families Commission and director of the county Community Services Agency, said the funds are distributed to counties based on the number of live births (Moran, Modesto Bee, 11/22). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.