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In order to receive state or federal funding, local boards of health must submit an annual program plan to the Commissioner. The submission of the Annual Program Plan documents a local board of health's intent to comply with West Virginia Code §16-2-1 et seq. and the Standards for Local Boards of Health within the board's jurisdiction.
The figure to the right displays Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Reported by Local Boards of Health in West Virginia.
The Bureau also awards funding to local boards of health through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program and other grant programs. The Bureau's total financial support comprises 60% of the total projected funding for local boards of health statewide.
The West Virginia Legislature appropriates funds for basic public health services each year that are distributed to local boards of health by the Center for Local Health. W.Va. Code R § 64-67-4 authorizes the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health (BPH) to withhold up to two percent (2%) of basic public health funds, prior to applying the funding formula, to be set aside in an emergency fund. W.Va. Code R §64-67-5 defines the use of the emergency fund by the Commissioner to assist local boards of health to meet unanticipated financial emergencies. The emergency fund must be used to support the provision of basic public health services W.Va. Code § 16-1-2(a).
The Emergency Fund Program is available to support local boards of health experiencing a financial emergency. The program objectives include:
1. Sustain local public health service delivery by a local board of health;
2. Identify and address, when applicable, the root cause of the financial emergency; and
3. Transition the agency to a sustainable financial model.
Application Guidance - Local Board of Health Emergency Fund
Emergency Fund Application