CHAPTER 404

APPROPRIATION

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH

AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEY TO THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH FOR SERVICES TO CRIPPLED CHILDREN.

WHEREAS, Section 165, Chapter 1, Title 16, Delaware Code of 1953, designates the State Board of Health as the agency in Delaware to administer a program of services for indigent crippled children, the purpose of such program being to develop, extend and improve services for locating such children and for providing for medical, surgical, corrective and for such other services and care, and for facilities for diagnosis, hospitalization and after-care ; and

WHEREAS, a tremendous increase in the preschool and school population in Delaware has resulted also in increased demands for crippled children's services ; and

WHEREAS, the cost of services to crippled children (i. e. hospital per diem, appliances and prosthesis) has been constantly rising; and

WHEREAS, in view of the foregoing, it is evident that the recommended current budget is inadequate for administering the crippled children's program as specified in paragraph 1, above, but rather would result in the sharp curtailment of such services and the lowering of existent standards ; NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section I. The sum of twenty-two thousand dollars ($22,000.00) be and the same is hereby appropriated to the State Board of Health for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1955, and that the sum of twenty-six thousand dollars ($26,000.00) be and the same is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1956, to be used for services to the crippled children of the State of Delaware for case-finding, medical, surgical and medical social services, hospitalization, rehabilitation and follow-up; and to provide for salary increments.

Section 2. This bill shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act, and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved July 7, 1955.