The mission of the Office of the Secretary is to direct the provision of quality health services to protect and promote health and ensure access to medical, preventive, and habilitative services for all citizens of the state of Louisiana.
The goals of the Office of the Secretary are:
1. Ensure access to medical services, preventive services, and habilitative services for as many people as possible that are in need of these services with available funds.
2. Protect the health needs of the citizens of Louisiana and to promote effective health practices.
3. Ensure that quality health care services are provided to the citizens of Louisiana.
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 does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $62,669 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 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 1998-1999 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:
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