News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

Dr. Michael Caldwell, Commissioner of Health
(845) 486-3431

February 5, 2001



Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today the county will receive $1,362,331 in Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act Title I grant funding in 2001 an increase of 13% over the 2000 grant award of $1,208,858.

Dutchess County first became eligible for federal funding purposes under Title I of the Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act in 1994 and applied for its first funding under Title I of this legislation for FY 1995. County Executive Steinhaus said, "When we first became eligible for funding, I envisioned an opportunity to improve the health and human services available in our County for persons infected with and families affected by HIV disease. This federal funding has increased our community’s capacity to enhance and develop needed services that may have been difficult or impossible to achieve relying solely on local tax dollars."

The County Executive added, "The significantly increased funding reflects changing community needs and new service priorities and allocations established by the Dutchess County HIV Health Services Planning Council for the coming year." County Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Caldwell added, "The Planning Council based its decisions on a comprehensive community Needs Assessment conducted during the Summer and Fall of 2000. We are seeking to enhance the continuum of care for residents of the County who are infected and affected by HIV or AIDS. Much work remains to be done in the continuing struggle against this epidemic."

County Executive Steinhaus concluded, " I want to recognize and give special thanks to the Dutchess County Department of Health who acts as the administrative agent for this program as well as the great work done by the volunteer members of the Dutchess County HIV Health Services Planning Council. I am very pleased to make this announcement and proud of the County’s long standing participation in this initiative to mitigate the impacts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


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