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Callaway County seeks federal health clinic for needy

Callaway County seeks federal health clinic for needy

May 6th, 2012 in News

Callaway County needs a federally subsidized community health center in the Fulton area to serve low income families, Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said.

Jungermann said county commissioners toured a federally qualified health center for low income residents Wednesday in Jefferson City.

"The Jefferson City facility is a clinic for low income individuals that provides dental and medical services. We believe there is a need for such a facility in Callaway County in the Fulton area," Jungermann said.

The presiding commissioner said in order to establish a federally qualified health center sooner in Callaway County, it would make sense to start as a satellite of the center in Jefferson City.

Jungermann said it may be possible to start a Fulton area dental clinic as a satellite of the Jefferson City center within a year.

"Cole County provides medical, dental and mental health services as well as pain therapy at the center. It's a wonderful facility because there are a lot of dentists and doctors who don't take low income Medicaid patients. It is a service that we are working hard on to start in Callaway County," Jungermann said.

The Jefferson City office already has satellite dental clinics in Linn in Osage County and at California in Moniteau County, Jungerman said.

"There's a lot of work that needs to be completed in order to accomplish this. We are thinking a satellite dental clinic in the Fulton area probably would be a good start. Once the federal government gets started in this, we feel they will discover a real need in Callaway County," Jungermann said.

The centers are operated by the Health Resources and Services Administration as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The clinics are community-based and operate with a board of directors.