Onslow County has seen an increase in its WIC funding.
The Women, Infants and Children program aims to provide supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health care for low-income residents during critical periods of growth and development.
During the Monday night Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting, Health Director Angela Lee is expected to present the board with the news that the county received $15,786 in additional federal funds for the program.
The additional funds mean the monthly rate for participants will increase from $15.25 to $15.75, according to information provided by the county. WIC funding has been more than $1,351,000 in Fiscal Year 2015 and more than $1,386,000 in Fiscal Year 2016. Funding comes from a combination of the state, federal, and county. In Fiscal Year 2017, the Onslow County Health Department will receive more than $739,000 over approximately six months, according to information from Riley Eversull, Onslow County spokeswoman.
“Additional WIC funding means that participants will receive additional money in their monthly benefit to help them purchase supplemental nutritious foods. This also means additional money coming into the local economy,” she told The Daily News via email.
The board will also discuss an increase in the foster care budget.
According to information from the county, 261 children are currently in custody of Onslow County Department of Social Services. In January 2016, 196 children were in DSS custody.
“Payments for licensed foster care homes and other facilities are reimbursed through State and Federal funds at approximately 64 percent,” Eversull said in an email to The Daily News. “Therefore, Onslow County will be paying the remainder of the cost, which doing that math, would be approximately 36 percent of the expenditures.”
In previous years, the budget for foster care payments has been over $2,344,000 in Fiscal Year 2015 and over $2,411,000 in Fiscal Year 2016. Pending Board of Commissioners approval of the foster care budget for 2017, the budget will be over $2,531,000.
Eversull said there is not a definitive answer as to what foster care families are paid since the rate depends on the age and needs of the child as well as the type of home available.
According to budget projections provided to the board, DSS expects to pay $895,373.40 for foster boarding care through July. Of that, $190,746.80 is needed. Another $137,837.22 is needed to fund the projected $534,641.61 additional foster care costs.
The board will also:
• Discuss writing a letter to Congress asking that they consider the potential negative impacts changes to the Affordable Care Act could have on state and local public health efforts. According to information from the county, the Prevention and Public Health Fund portion of the ACA will be repealed as part of the upcoming changes to the act, causing a $20-million loss of federal public health funds in North Carolina.
• Receive the fiscal year 2016 audit from Dean Horne of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.
• Receive information on an interlocal agreement between Jones and Onslow counties for preparedness.
• Learn about guidelines for the manufactured home demolition assistance program. Onslow County has received $12,000 in grant funding to assist with the removal of dilapidated manufactured homes that are in violation of the Zoning and Solid Waste Ordinances.
• Discuss resolution to prevent increases in the commissioners’ compensation and allowances.
• Approve appointments to the airport advisory commission, board of adjustment, juvenile crime prevention council and fire/rescue commission.
The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Onslow County Government Center, 234 Northwest Corridor Blvd.