WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to continue one more year as a member with Todd, Wadena and Morrison in the four-county public health group program.
These counties coordinate administration of health services grants and state health funding under a joint board.
However, the coordinated system requires additional costs and local employee and board member time to attend joint meetings and share service administration.
Morrison is a large enough population county to operate independently under state law provisions. Since Cass combined health and human services five years ago, it, too, qualifies to operate a separate health service program.
The four-county health board recommended recently and Cass' board voted Tuesday to continue the four-county program one more year. To make it more cost effective minimizing joint meetings will be minimized and more coordination done by telephone, fax and e-mail.
If this cuts costs and employee time enough, the four-county program would continue into 2003. If not, Morrison and Cass could vote next year to withdraw and operate their own separate health services administrations.
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