Distribution of Ryan White Funding Delayed Six Months in New Orleans, Officials Say
October 31, 2008
The distribution of $7 million in Ryan White Program funding to New Orleans HIV/AIDS agencies that provide treatment to more than 4,000 HIV-positive people has been delayed by six months, Fran Lawless, director of Mayor Ray Nagin's Office of Health Care Policy, said at a city council meeting Thursday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
David Munroe -- chair of the board of the group In This Together, which had to close this past summer because of insufficient funding -- said the number of HIV/AIDS cases in New Orleans is increasing, particularly among low-income residents. Council member Stacy Head said she was astonished that Lawless' office includes seven employees tasked with distributing funding. "We have departments with much larger budgets operating with two to three people," she said.
According to Lawless, New Orleans lost its Ryan White funding during former Mayor Marc Morial's administration because it failed to submit its application to HHS on time. She added that she intends to alter the city's contracting process to allow multiple-year agreements with service providers so their funding is not cut off every March (Hammer, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 10/31).
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