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October 18, 2006

Denenberg secures contract for Community Wellness Center of the Bellmores and Merricks

Also approves merger of two county departments to improve delivery of services


Mineola, NY – Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) recently secured a contract for record amounts for the Community Wellness Center of the Bellmores and Merricks Incorporated that extends the organization’s contract through December 31, 2006. The contract will allow the Center to provide programs aimed at reducing substance abuse and DWI. The membership of the Council includes school district members, clergy, and members of the Chambers of Commerce, school administrators, the Nassau County Police Dept. and various civic organizations.

In addition, Legislator Denenberg also approved a merger between two county departments—the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol. The new department will be called the Nassau County Department of Mental health, Chemical Dependencies and Developmental Disabilities. The merger will provide comprehensive services consistent with the New York State Mental Hygiene Law. The new department should eliminate duplication, close gaps, improve appropriate services, reduce costs and increase accountability. Nassau County is the last county in the state to maintain separate departments.

Legislator Denenberg also approved agreements with:

• New York Coalition for Transportation Safety to establish emergency evacuation procedures, from buildings and mass transit, for persons with disabilities, who live and work in the County.

•Gannett Fleming Engineers, P.C., for design services for the rehabilitation of seven county operated storm water pumping stations located in various areas of the county.

• E & A Restoration, Inc. for roof repairs at 240 Old Country Road, Correctional Center “E” Satellite Facility and other county buildings.

• ICF Emergency Management Services for emergency management exercises.

The legislature also approved supplemental appropriations for the following:

•Office of Housing & Intergovernmental Affairs (Emergency Shelter Grant) in the amount of $675,727 to be received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program to support the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings and payment of operating expenses and essential services in connection with emergency shelters.

•Senior Citizens Affairs (Long Term Care Insurance Education) in the amount of $50,000 to inform and educate the general public about long term care insurance, including those available through the NYS Partnership for Long Term Care. This program allows New Yorkers to protect their assets while remaining eligible for Medicaid if their long term care needs exceed the period covered by their Partnership private insurance policy.

•Health Department (WIC) in the amount of $2,380,638 to provide nutrition services and food vouchers to women, infants and children based on income and nutritional risk.

•Health Department (Public Health Preparedness Response Grant) in the amount of $1,199,250 to be received from Health Research, Inc., through the Center for Disease Control, to provide additional funding for the development of local public health infrastructure and emergency response and preparedness plans.

•Office of Housing & Intergovernmental Affairs (HOME) in the amount of $3,727,240 to be received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the HOME Partnership Program which supports a wide range of activities that build buy and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or home ownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.