Following the ruling, the state Department of Health and Human Resources allowed health departments to apply directly to the state for the funds instead of going through Local Health.
Because of the ethics ruling, Local Health has restructured its board in the last month, former board President Bill Kearns said Tuesday.
"The majority of the board members [now] are not employed by health departments," Kearns said. "That was a recommendation of the Ethics Commission."
The commission's advisory opinion recommended the restructuring to assure there was no appearance of a conflict of interest, Kearns said.
"The Ethics Commission never said there was a violation. It just seemed like it on the surface," Kearns said.
The board, now made up of people from various backgrounds, still includes two of seven board members who are employees of local health departments. Kearns, an employee of the Berkeley County Health Department, no longer sits on the board.
So far, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has been approved in one category of funding and is waiting to hear about the rest of the money that it has applied for, Gupta said.
Health departments initially had until Sept. 30 to spend the grant money, but the deadline has been extended until the end of the year, Gupta said.
On Tuesday, the Health Department used part of the money to fund a quality improvement workshop with the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement.
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