Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Approves Grant for Crittenden Health Department

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 21, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (May 21, 2008) –  Gov. Steve Beshear, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), has announced the approval of a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the construction of a new Crittenden County Health Department in Marion, Kentucky. 

The new 9,000 sq ft facility will be built on 3 acres of land that were recently donated to the county by the Crittenden County Economic Development Corporation.  The CDBG funds supplement contributions from the Pennyrile District Health Department and the city of Marion. 

The health department is currently housed in a 50 year old, 2,700 sq ft building that struggles to meet the needs of patients due to space limitations and deterioration.  Crumbling sidewalks, regular flooding and interior water damage are all issues of concern.  A new, modern facility will meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the privacy and security requirements as outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). 

“A new health department will help better serve Crittenden County and respect the privacy and confidentiality of all patients,” said Judge/Executive Fred Brown.  “We sincerely appreciate this funding from the Governor and GOLD for something our county really needs.” 

Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The state’s CDBG program is managed by GOLD and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Approved grants are used to assist counties and cities in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.