A recent decision by the State of Wyoming has resulted in the Community Resource Center of Johnson County being named as the state's distribution office for prevention program funds for all of Wyoming.
Taking effect in July of this year, funding for all of the state's prevention programs during the two-year funding cycle will be run by the Buffalo CRC office.
Federal funding for state prevention programs will be cut by 4% this year and another 4% next year. The State wrote a grant detailing how they could save money through a single fiscal agent to continue providing and expand services with less money. The single fiscal agent will cut administrative costs across the board throughout the state. The Federal Government liked the idea.
Toni Cervenka, Executive Director of the local CRC, explains how the Buffalo office was named as the state's Fiscal Agent.
The individual prevention offices in the state will not be losing funding for their programs, but may lose money for individual prevention agents, which in the past took money away from their programs.
Some offices in the state facing the cuts had said they felt they were being punished for doing their jobs.
The CRC will have this two year budget cycle to make the situation work before the Wyoming Legislature looks at it again for the next budget cycle.