Should County and City Health Departments Combine? Jefferson County Finds Out

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A$50,000 grant is giving Jefferson County the opportunity to explore whether or not to combine the county health department with the City of Steubenville Health Department.

The grant will allow the departments to conduct a feasibility study to possibly consolidate into one department.

Officials say this will not only help financially but it will help the residents as well.

“There will be a better service that we will be giving to the public and I think that will be a big difference,” said Frank Betrola, Health Commissioner for Jefferson County.

The study will last about 18 months and will look at all of their services including personnel, the building, the stakeholders and the governance. At the end of the study, it will be determined whether or not the two health departments should combine.

“We can provide those services and coordinate those services and do it in a way that saves the taxpayers money, it’s a great thing,” said Ohio State Representative for District 96, Jack Cera (D).

Both departments say they are committed to providing the most efficient and effective public health services. 

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