May 04, 2021

Congressman Neguse Submits Request for Federal Funding for Clear Creek Collaborative Care Center and Gilpin County Emergency Operations Center

Idaho Springs, CO— Congressman Joe Neguse has submitted requests to the House Appropriations Committee to include $1 million in federal funding for the Clear Creek County Collaborative Care Center, as well as $138,557 to establish a permanent location for the Gilpin County Emergency Operations Center in the FY2022 Appropriations Legislation.

“As Congress works to finalize this year’s budget, we are working to ensure that Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties are allocated direct funding to support local community projects,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Support for the Clear Creek County Collaborative Care Center will increase access to healthcare services for residents who have not had stable access to primary care services within Clear Creek County for many years and building a permanent Emergency Operations Center in Gilpin County will allow for quicker response time which means safer situations not only for the first responders but also for the community.”

Recently, Congressman Neguse helped secure $1 million in direct COVID-19 stabilization funds for Gilpin County, and $2 million for Clear Creek County in the American Rescue Plan. Neguse has been advocating for direct stabilization funds for smaller cities and counties since April 2020 when he introduced the Coronavirus Community Relief Act. 

The Clear Creek Collaborative Care Center would house many healthcare services within one facility to promote efficiency and ease of access to primary care, mental and behavioral health services, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment CORE Services and access to immunizations through the Clear Creek County Public Health Department. The new facility will support an increased capacity of patients and directly impact many residents in the community through these streamlined services.

Gilpin County is currently using an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a box concept that takes time and energy to set up and valuable coordination time is lost in doing this. Having a permanent location where Emergency Support Functions can activate immediately is critical. In an emergency, every second counts.  Building a permanent EOC in Gilpin County will allow for quicker response which means safer situations not only for the first responders but also for the community. In recent events, operational coordination and resource management were major gaps identified. This EOC will be the first step in ensuring they fill these gaps and build a capability that is desperately needed. The Gilpin County Office of Emergency Management has been activated for 399 days straight for COVID-19. 

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