Department consolidation makes sense
As the county studies the merger of its two largest functions — the health department and the social services department — there appears to be an opportunity to gain efficiencies and provide better service.
Both departments are primarily funded by the state and federal governments. The money passes through the county coffers as that is the “boots on the ground” entity connecting the programs to the people who need them.
A quick search through the departments’ directories can confirm how broad those services are and the extent to which the population needing the available services overlap.
There are programs that encompass everything from before birth to near death and most life phases in-between. The health department oversees children’s health issues for low-income families, while the ...