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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

September 29, 1999

Steinhaus Signs Ryan White Grant Application
$5.3 Million to Help AIDS Victims

Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus today signed the County's federal Ryan White CA.R.E. Act, Title I grant application for the fiscal year 2000 in the amount of almost $5.3 million. The County's 1999 grant award was $1.2 million. The significantly increased funding request of $4.1 million reflects HIV/AIDS service priorities and allocations established by the Dutchess County HIV Health Services Planning Council (DCIUVHSPC) and endorsed by Steinhaus for the coming year.

"The Planning Council based its decisions on a comprehensive community Needs Assessment conducted this summer," said Steinhaus. "The Council and the County are seeking a greatly enhanced Continuum of Care for residents of the County who are infected and affected by HIV or AIDS."

Dutchess County first applied for this funding at the end of 1994 to support and enhance local community services and programs for persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The County first became an Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA, a federal statistical area for federal funding purposes) under Title I of the Ryan White CA. R. E Act in 1994. There are currently 49 EMAs across the United States. Dutchess County is among the "small EMAs", while New York City is the largest.

County Executive Steinhaus said, "When Dutchess first became eligible for Ryan White CA.R.E. act funding envisioned an opportunity to improve the level of health and human services available in our County for persons and families affected by HIV disease. The Ryan White, Title I grants have made it possible to fulfill this vision without the use of local County property tax dollars for these necessary services. I am very pleased to make this announcement, and proud of our County's continued participation in this nationwide initiative to mitigate the impact of the continuing epidemic."

The grant application was prepared by the Dutchess County Department of Health and is being sent today to the federal Health Resources & Services Administration for review. As a result of the County's aggressive effort, from FY 1995 to the current FY 1999 grant period, Dutchess County's Ryan White, Title I award has increased by almost 212%.


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