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Lewis wins another $1.7 Million for 5th District in Labor HHS-Appropriations Bill

June 14, 2006
Press Release

June 13, 2006 -Since January of this year, Congressman John Lewis has moved $6.25 million of appropriations through the House of Representatives that will benefit Georgia's 5th District, and he will continue to shepherd those projects through Senate approval. This afternoon the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Chairman's Amendment verified that the project requests made by Rep. John Lewis and listed below will receive funding.

"There is nothing more important," said Rep. John Lewis, "than securing federal support for district projects. I am glad that my seniority in Congress and my work on the Ways and Means Committee affords me the opportunity to contribute substantial federal support to worthwhile institutional and community efforts that will improve and sustain the quality of life for residents of the Atlanta metropolitan area."

Grady Health System Disaster Preparedness Center-Atlanta, GA: $550,000 to strengthen the Emergency Department Information System within Grady Hospital and ensure that the status and activities of all ED patients can be recorded, tracked, displayed, analyzed, and archived efficiently and comprehensively. This system's comprehensive coordination of information will support Grady's long term plans to move to an "E-Health" record system. The accessibility of patients' medical information will also offer medical personnel a thorough overview of patient history and the ability to perceive patient trends, which will improve the efficiency of patient care, confidentiality standards, and patient safety throughout the hospital.

Fulton County Jail Diversion Program-Atlanta, GA: $300,000. The Jail Diversion Program offers a more comprehensive approach to the treatment of mentally ill inmates who may have experienced only limited mental health service during their incarceration. Research has shown that addressing the mental illness of inmates drastically reduces rates of recidivism for misdemeanor-related mental health and substance abuse issues, overcrowding in jail and prison, domestic and family violence, hospital emergency room visits, and other social problems.

The Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats: $500,000 supports the ongoing work of the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT) to facilitate the development of innovative collaborations between center partners, as well as other business and community groups.

The funding will be used to complement successful research, training and innovative programs related to bioterrorism and emerging biologic threats, including West Nile virus, epidemic influenza, avian influenza, and community associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

SCLC/W.O.M.E.N., Inc. Empowerment Training Center-Atlanta, GA: $100,000 to enhance and expand the services currently offered in the Empowerment Training Center. The center helps adult learners raise their academic competencty, strengthens parenting skills, and develops and improves marketable skills. Funding will support the hiring of teachers to meet the increasing numbers of students who need these services, the purchase of updated training materials, and will expand the capacity of the Center to deliver training to the underserved population.

Rep. Lewis also supported the following project included in the bill:

Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness: $250,000 toward the development of a Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness emergency preparedness package that will inform and protect the citizens of Fulton County in case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The package consists of: (1) Public Information Campaign; (2) Volunteer Program; (3) Backup Generators; and (4) Telecommunications.

These projects have been approved by the House Appropriations Committee and must be voted on by the full House and the Senate to become law.