Funding for Cambria Community Healthcare

Written by Estero Bay News

January 17, 2022

The Cambria Community Healthcare District ended the year with some needed funding. CCHD received California COVID Relief funding last month to the tune of $165,533, which it plans to use for relief from coronavirus related impacts. 

The funding was made available from a $100 million allocation provided by the State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom in the 2021-2022 State Budget. 

“During these challenging times in the COVID pandemic, these funds will provide much needed relief from the unanticipated financial impacts we have experienced,”said Michael McDonough, CCHD administrator. “We’re extremely grateful for this support to continue our essential mission of public service.” 

This funding follows budget and staff cuts necessitated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in special districts across California.

“Special districts are addressing our biggest statewide challenges, all at the local level,” said Neil McCormick, CEO of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA). We applaud Governor Newsom and our Legislature for recognizing this and responding to our requests for partnership. Special districts make a difference throughout California and this funding will make a difference in the communities special districts serve.” 

Statewide, more than 2,000 independent special districts across the state serve the needs of all 40 million Californians at some level, and more than 60 percent of these local agencies provide specialized services to a disadvantaged community.

CCHD is a public tax and fee supported special services district operating an Advanced Life Support ambulance service and providing community health education. A locally elected 5-member board of directors provides administrative and financial oversight. 

The CCHD’s coverage area includes the seaside villages of Cambria and San Simeon and outlying agriculture and recreation areas. 

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