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

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 22, 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 a new Gallatin County Health Department. 

This grant, in addition to other state and local funds, will be used to construct a centrally located 4,950 sq ft health department.  The new building will more than triple the size of the existing one and will include additional exam rooms, registration and waiting areas, offices and a lab.  The significant increase in the facility’s size will allow for more health services and educational classes for the community. 

Gallatin County Fiscal Court donated the land for the proposed construction site so that the health department will no longer have to pay rent as it does now.  According to Judge/Executive Kenny French, this savings will help keep down the costs of services. 

“As our community continues to grow, so does the need for public healthcare.  The new, larger health department will help us meet that rising demand,” said Judge French.  “I am delighted that the Governor and GOLD have approved these funds to help better serve the people of Gallatin County.”  According to the U.S. Census, Gallatin is the third fastest growing county in the commonwealth. 

The new design 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). 

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.