Los Angeles County Awarded $7M State Grant to Restructure Health Services Department
Los Angeles County has received a $7 million annual state grant to help fund a program to train and retrain county health care employees, Gov. Gray Davis (D) announced last Friday. The program, a provision of the county's five-year federal Medicaid waiver, represents part of an effort to restructure the county's Department of Health Services. The county and Service Employees International Union Local 660 will administer the program. The state and the county will share the cost of the program for the five-year period of the waiver at a 2-to-1 ratio. The county will provide $3.5 million this year to match the state grant, which is part of the state's share of the federal Workforce Investment Act. The state and county will contribute more than $40 million to the program over the five-year period of the waiver (Office of the Governor release, 2/22).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.