The Ohio Department of Health reduced its findings for recovery from $87,888 to $4,219.

By William K. Alcorn


The city health department provided documentation that reduced an Ohio Department of Health audit finding for recovery from $87,888 to $4,219.

The state had said its finding was due to inadequate documentation in 2010 in the local health department’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexually Transmitted Disease Control programs.

The Youngstown City District Board of Health successfully appealed the state’s findings, said Erin Bishop, acting Youngstown health commissioner, at the health board’s meeting Monday.

Bishop said the money was not missing or misspent, and that she was elated that the state reduced all but a very small portion of the findings for recovery.

She said the expenditures questioned were for so-called “time-and-effort” items such as services provided and the time and cost required to deliver them for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010.

“We worked very hard to get the amount reduced,” she said.

Bishop said she plans to check with the Ohio Department of Health to see if parts of its annual state subsidy to the local department can be used to pay back the $4,219.

She also reported that the Canton City Health Department, which administers the area HIV/STD program, has terminated its contract for services with the Youngstown City District Board of Health and awarded the program to the Mahoning County District Board of Health. As a result, the board Monday approved laying off one full-time and one part-time employee.

However, Bishop said the city health department will continue to operate its STD clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, which will enable clients to be tested and treated and receive medications locally.

Also, Bishop said she is pleased that even though the city health department lost the program, with the county health department taking it over, there will continue to be local HIV/STD services for county and city residents.

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