Dallas health department: We are not under investigation

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Dallas health department: We are not under investigation

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 1:18 PM

DALLAS -- Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson has denied allegations that his department is under federal investigation. 

At a news conference Monday morning, Thompson provided a letter from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services stating a recent visit to Dallas County was part of a routine site visit that occurs “at least once every five years.”

Media has reported on a whistle-blower tip to the Office of the Inspector General hot line regarding misuse of Ryan White Funds. 

Ryan White Funds are part of a Congressional act designed to improve the availability of care for low-income, uninsured and under-insured AIDS patients and their families. The act is named in honor of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through tainted hemophilia treatment.

Dallas County Health and Human Services receives about $25 million annually in Ryan White Funds. That money is then funneled to area agencies. Thompson says his department does not decide which agency receives the funds. Those beneficiaries, according to Thompson, are determined by a Ryan White committee.

Thompson also says the federal investigation issue is separate from another investigation into personnel in Dallas County’s STD division. Two employees have been reassigned after allegedly changing data. 

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating.

E-mail: jstjames@wfaa.com

 

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