Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for regional health project

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $303,882 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the St. Joseph Hospital Eastern Kentucky Mobile Telehealth Service project. 

            “My administration is focused on assuring that all citizens have access to quality health services,” said Governor Fletcher. “This project will provide Kentuckians in Lawrence, Morgan and Wolfe counties with a comprehensive network of health care services that includes mental health expertise.

            ARC funds will be used to establish a program of early diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders through a low-cost telecommunications link from a mobile health service and school nurses to a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a psychiatrist in a regional medical center.

            Funds will be used to purchase the necessary equipment.

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.