Johnson secures nearly $10 million for South Dakota

Johnson secures nearly $10 million for South Dakota U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) has secured $9.83 million for South Dakota in the FY 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education spending bill, including $3.65 million for the National Childrenâ�?�?s Study that will go directly to South Dakota State University (SDSU). The bill now moves to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for approval on Thursday. â�?�?The National Childrenâ�?�?s Study will be able to continue its landmark research at SDSU because of the funding in this bill. Across the board, the funding levels are an improvement to the Presidentâ�?�?s budget request, which failed to address the research and rural health needs of South Dakotans,â�? Johnson said. â�?�?The bill also includes funding to improve health care quality and access to services on reservations, where there are large disparities in health care.â�? Recognizing the devastating impact of a recent increase in the number of suicides in South Dakota, Johnson secured $200,000 in the bill to fund suicide prevention programs on the Rosebud Indian reservation.�? �?  â�?�?Suicide is a preventable tragedy, and we must do all that we can provide resources for prevention, intervention and counseling,â�? Johnson said. Another vital program for families is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is funded in the bill at $2.57 billion.�? This half billion dollar increase over the Presidentâ�?�?s funding request means states and tribal governments will be able to help more people through bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, and energy-related home repairs this winter. â�?�?With fuel costs increasing faster than any of us would like, I was pleased the bill adequately funds the LIHEAP program. It is warm outside now, but we all know how cold the weather will be later in the year.�? This funding is vital to so many South Dakota families,â�? Johnson added.�?  Earmarks and projects that directly benefit South Dakota include:�?  â�?¢ $400,000 for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to purchase equipment and fund operations and maintenance for the methamphetamine treatment wing of their alcohol and substance abuse treatment center.�?  â�?¢ $250,000 for the Community Health Care Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) to purchase technology to implement Electronic Medical Records (EMR) to improve health care quality.�? �?  â�?¢ $300,000 for the University of South Dakota GEAR Center to construct and equip an Imaging Facility for medical and biomedical research at the Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center in Sioux Falls.�? �?  â�?¢ $200,000 for the Community Health Center of the Black Hills (CHCBH) to help their ongoing effort to purchase a new building and retrofit it for its own use and to house other non-profit organizations. â�?¢ $200,000 for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe for operation of the Community Health Representatives Program over three years.�?  This program provides medical attention, transportation, health education, disease control and prevention and many other vital services on the Lower Brule Reservation.�?  â�?¢ $750,000 for the Volunteers of America to construct a Child and Family Service Center, which will house two programs, New Start for Adolescents and New Start for Women.�? The programs support 24-hour residential programs for pregnant and parenting girls or women who are trying to overcome substance abuse issues.�? �? The new facility will provide space for 28 residents and their children.�?  â�?¢ $300,000 for Community Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Redfield, SD, to construct a proposed new, modern building. â�?¢ $400,000 for the Oglala Sioux Tribe to provide case management services for the Oyate Bli Helya diabetes program and to expand the program to serve more Tribal members.�?  â�?¢ $300,000 for South Dakota State Universityâ�?�?s Health Sciences Initiative to fund two-year research and scholarship projects specialized to address the health care needs of South Dakotans. â�?¢ $750,000 for the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy, Inc. to establish a Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Rapid City over the next three years. â�?¢ $200,000 for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to support and expand suicide prevention programs.�?  â�?¢ $400,000 for the University of South Dakota â�?�? Research, Education and Economic Development (REED) Network:�? This funding will upgrade technology at several USD campuses so the university may connect to the REED network.�? The REED network is a partnership between the Governorâ�?�?s office, SDN and the Board of Regents to connect DUSEL, and the major universities across the state.�?  â�?¢ $430,000 for the University of South Dakotaâ�?�?s South Dakota Oral History Center to create a working digital resource to preserve over 5,550 interviews from the Northern Great Plains. Preservation would include tape recorded interviews of Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Ho-Chunk persons and non-Indians from the Northern Plains, from the 1860s to present day.�?  â�?¢ $700,000 for Avera Research Institute to continue the efforts of the Medicare Chronic Care Research Practice Network to improve care of Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.�?  â�?¢ $600,000 to support operation of the nursing program at Oglala Lakota College.�?  National projects with a South Dakota focus Rural Health Outreach Grant Program The Senate bill includes $51.4 million for Rural Health Outreach grants.�? The Presidentâ�?�?s budget proposal did not include funding for this program. These grants are available to rural communities working to provide health care services through new and creative strategies, including telemedicine and trauma care services. Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (formerly Medicare Rural Health Flexibility Program) The Senate bill provides $39.2 million in 2008 for rural hospital flexibility grants.�? The Presidentâ�?�?s proposed to completely eliminate this program, which supports Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), rural health networks and rural emergency medical services throughout rural states.�?  Head Start will see a $223 million increase over last yearâ�?�?s request of $6.88 billion and $75 million over the Presidentâ�?�?s FY2009 request. Head Start is a comprehensive program that provides early education, health and nutrition services to children before entering elementary school.�?  Administration for Native Americans (ANA) received $45.5 million in this bill. The ANAâ�?�?s mission is to â�?�?promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islanders.â�? The agency focuses on funding programs to help Native Children and families, with the goal of reducing long-term dependency on public assistance. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded at $2.57 billion, a $570 million increase over the Presidentâ�?�?s request of $2 billion.�?  Title I education funding will see a $631 million increase over the FY2008 level of $19.898 billion to $14.529 billion.�? �?  Special Education will receive $11.4 billion in this bill. While this is still less than half the federal obligation,�? it is a step towards fulfilling the federal obligation of 40 percent.�? This is a $477 million increase over last yearâ�?�?s level and a $140 million increase over the Presidentâ�?�?s budget request. Career and Technical Education received $1.271 billion dollars.�?  This fully restores the funding that was eliminated in the Presidentâ�?�?s FY2009 budget proposal.

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