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09-307 Office of the Secretary

The mission of the Office of the Secretary is to provide both quality leadership and support to the various offices and programs in the Department of Health and Hospitals so their functions and mandates can be carried out in an efficient and effective manner.

The goals of the Office of the Secretary are:

1. Provide overall direction and administrative support to the Department.

2. Administer the Medical Vendor Program in an effective and efficient manner.

3. Operate Villa Feliciana Medical Complex and New Orleans Home and Rehabilitation Center in an effective and efficient manner.

The Office of the Secretary exercises supervision and control over the Office of Management and Finance, the Medical Vendor Administration Program, the Grants Programs, the Assistant Secretaries of the offices of Public Health, Mental Health, Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse and the state-operated nursing homes within the department.

The Office of the Secretary has two programs: Management and Finance, and Grants. The Office of the Secretary also includes the Health Education Authority of Louisiana Auxiliary Account.



This agency's recommended appropriation includes $148,175 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.

In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $30,211 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.

This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:

State General Fund (Direct)



 State General Fund by

Interagency Transfer

Fees and Self-generated Revenues




Federal Funds






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