State Committees Oversee Funding and Spending for Health & Human Resources

State Committees Oversee Funding and Spending for Health & Human Resources

October 11, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad

Polk County, MN – Polk County Commissioner Joan Lee was on ‘Food for Thought’ for the monthly county update. One topic Lee discussed was her position in two state committees. The first is the Infrastructure Fund Advisory Group, wherein Lee manages to stay updated on many financial plans in the state and local offices. One such update is in regards to funding for health services in Minnesota counties. Through the Infrastructure Fund Advisory Group, Lee along with the fourteen other members will give guidance on how the state legislature will disperse the dedicated $6 million to public health departments across the state of Minnesota. Lee states that this state funding would be a flexible plan for public health entities as opposed to the federal funding that has numerous requirements. This state funding would allow for spending to be allocated in appropriate ways for each county. The other committee Lee serves on is the Association of Minnesota Counties for the Policy Committee.

Another policy that the committee is discussing is a federal program called the Family First Prevention Services Act. Becoming effective in February of 2018, this act would prevent children from going into the foster care system. If children are in foster care, this act would encourage placing them with family members or in a foster family instead of a group home. This federal law allows for services to be provided to families through new funding opportunities. Lee speaks on the delay to implement this law fulling in the state of Minnesota.

Although the act has not been carried out in full at the state level, it seems that steps are being taken to grant certification and training. More information can be found at the Minnesota Department of Human Services website at