By Lillian Bowe
Roosevelt County Commissioners decided Tuesday to once again apply for a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the Arise sexual assault treatment program.
Last year, Roosevelt County picked Arise as its recipient but did not receive the grant because of some steps missed completing the application.
Arise Director Leigh Ana Eugene said the program provides help to sexual assault victims of any age across eastern New Mexico. It also provides nurses trained to deal with sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.
Arise plans to use the CDBG grant money to build a new administration building near Roosevelt General Hospital on a parcel of land near 18th Street.
Eugene said she was excited Arise will get a second chance.
“It would mean everything if we got this grant,” Eugene said.
Mandi Park, indigent health care administrator, said the county held two public input meetings to suggest other issues that could be funded by the CDBG.
Park told the commissioners she recommended Arise because they already had a plan drawn up and were ready to go.
Hospital spokeswoman Amber Hamilton said the new building will help the longevity of program by giving more space for the patients and staff.
Eugene said Arise needs a new building because the office space they are occupying now has had several incidents of flooding and they are running out of room.
“Our money completely comes from a grant and we cannot afford to get a new building ourselves. We want to provide a better environment for our patients,” Eugene said.
She said Arise now receives a $170,000 state grant to administer its program.
Park said they will be working on how much the building will cost and how much the county it will be asking in the CDBG grant application.
The CDBG grant limit is $50,000 and the county may have to take money from its general fund to help with the project, Park said.