Health Steering Committee

All matters pertaining to public health and healthy communities, including disease and injury prevention and health promotion, health disparities reduction, financing delivering health care, including services for the uninsured, underinsured, and medically indigent, Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, behavioral health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and services for persons with developmental disabilities.

Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief

    Support Counties in Improving Health Services for Justice-Involved Individuals

    Urge your members of Congress to pass legislation that supports counties’ efforts to improve health services for justice-involved individuals and reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. Specifically, urge your members on health authorizing committees to support bills that would allow individuals in custody to continue receiving Medicaid and other federal benefits until they are convicted, sentenced and incarcerated, require states to suspend instead of terminate Medicaid for individuals in jails and allow for comprehensive behavioral health services and the recruitment of health professionals in county jails.
  • Policy Brief

    2018 NACo Policy Brief: Protect the Federal-State-Local Partnership for Medicaid

    KEY TALKING POINTS Urge your senators and representatives to support the federal-state-local partnership structure for financing and delivering Medicaid services and to oppose any measure that would further shift federal and state Medicaid costs to counties – including cuts, caps, block grants and new limits on counties’ ability to raise the non-federal match or receive supplemental payments.
  • Policy Brief

    Enhance Counties' Ability to Prevent and Treat Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders

    Urge your members of Congress to maintain at least consistent funding for substance abuse and mental health services provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and pass legislation that enhances counties’ abilities to provide local systems of care. Funding in future appropriations bill should be held to at least FY 2017 levels, especially the Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grants. 

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Health Steering Committee

Chair

Clay Jenkins
County Judge
Dallas County, Texas

 

Vice Chair

Christopher Constance
Commissioner
Charlotte County, Florida

 

Nick Macchione
Health & Human Services Agency, Director
San Diego County, California

 

Toni Preckwinkle
Board President
Cook County, Illinois

 

Barbara Sharief
Commissioner
Broward County, Florida

 

Subcommittee Chair

Kenneth Dahlstedt (Public Health and Healthy Communities)
Commissioner
Skagit County, Washington

 

Helen Stone (Behavioral Health)
Commissioner
Chatham County, Georgia

 

Gloria Whisenhunt (Long Team Care)
Commissioner
Forsyth County, North Carolina

 

Derek Young (Medicaid and Indigent Care)
Councilmember
Pierce County, Washington

 

Subcommittee Vice Chair

Lynn Canfield (Behavioral Health)
Executive Director, Mental Health Board/DD Board
Champaign County, Illinois

 

Christopher Coudriet (Medicaid and Indigent Care)
County Manager
New Hanover County, North Carolina

 

James Golgart (Behavioral Health)
Director Veterans Services
Le Sueur County, Minnesota

 

Lynn Hesselbrock (Behavioral Health)
County Clerk
Spencer County, Kentucky

 

Dave Lucas
Director of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs
New York State Association of Counties

 

Gerald Michel (Long Team Care)
Councilman
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Louisiana

 

Carol Moehrle (Public Health and Healthy Communities)
Public Health Director - Idaho North Central District
Nez Perce County, Idaho

 

Dotti Owens (Public Health and Healthy Communities)
Coroner
Ada County, Idaho

 

Chester Pintarelli (Long Team Care)
Administrator, Medical Care
Iron County, Michigan

 

David Stout (Medicaid and Indigent Care)
Commissioner
El Paso County, Texas

 

Shirlee Zane (Behavioral Health)
Supervisor
Sonoma County, California