Hurricane Katrina

Social services to share $86M

JACKSON - More than $86 million in federal Social Services Block Grant money for Katrina relief has been released, with the bulk going to the state departments of Health, Rehabilitation Services, Human Services and Mental Health.

Other agencies have applied but have not received approval, Gov. Haley Barbour's office said Friday.

The money is part of more than $128 million Congress has appropriated to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Mississippi's Katrina recovery.

Mississippi DHS has been awarded $20.6 million to restore social services in the areas of aging, child support enforcement, economic assistance, family and children's services, and youth services.

The Department of Health has received $13.4 million to restore special needs shelters, restore a pharmaceutical warehouse, replace district signs along highways on the Coast, and replace emergency response equipment.

The MDRS has been awarded $9.2 million that will be used to provide interpreters for the hearing impaired, replace damaged equipment, including wheelchairs, and restore damaged homes and vehicles with modifications to support disabled people.

The Department of Mental Health has received $9.9 million to restore services to adult and child day-treatment facilities, provide transportation, and restore work activity centers and other facilities in George, Hancock and Harrison counties.