Gov. Nathan Deal has nominated Clyde Reese to serve as commissioner of the Department of Community Health. Deal announced the nomination Thursday, which is subject to approval by the department's board. Reese is currently commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
The Georgia Department of Human Services has announced it will award grants to some of the state's Aging and Disability Resource Connection centers to provide counseling to families looking for long-term care facilities.
A dozen Florida and Georgia border counties have signed an agreement making it easier for children removed from parents or guardians to be placed with relatives in the other state. The agreement among the 12 counties is expected to allow for such placements in as little as a week. It applies only to children removed because of abuse or neglect.
The state soon will be mailing Georgia's low income kids and children in foster care a book a month from the day they're born until their fifth birthday. The Human Services Department brokered a deal with a literacy group, the Ferst Foundation. It'll cost the state about $1.4 million a year, according to preliminary estimates.
Georgia officials have six weeks left to distribute $7.6 million dollars of federal stimulus aid to low-income families. Congress made the money available through the Recovery Act in 2009. But Georgia waited more than a year to apply for the funding. Now, more than 113 agencies across the state are working to use all of the funds by the September 30 deadline, or lose them.