The Department of Human Resources reopened its northwest pediatric clinic on the first floor of the new Shaw Junior High School at 10th and R streets NW today. The clinic, previously located in a storefront building at 1810 14th Street NW, closed last week.
In addition to larger, more modern facilities, the new clinic also has a pediatric dental unit and a supplemental food distribution and authorization center operating 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pediatric services are available 8:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on an appointment and walk-in basis. Appointments can be made by calling 673-6649.
The new clinic is an air-conditioned, modern facility with four treatment rooms and two dental chairs. It is staffed by two pediatricians, a pediatric nursing practitioner, a dentist and a dental hygenist.
The opening of the new facility was announced last week at the DHR press conference along with plans to establish personnel hiring centers at Glenn Dale Hospital in Maryland and the city's senior citizens' facility, D.C. Village.
DHR officials also said they had applied for federal funds to develop an expansive computer management system to code eligibility information covering several major DHR programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
The system would compare federal program eligibility requirements against a client's application for a particular program. If an application is incomplete or ineligible, the computer system would pick this up immediately and help reduce error rates, officials explained.
DHR director Albert P. Russo said the computer system would help provide speedy and efficient services to clients and would eventually help lower the error rate in various public assistance programs by weeding out ineligible clients.
Russo estimated that under the present system, approximately 13 percent of the city's clients receiving AFDC funds are either ineligible for assistance or are overpaid. With the computer, the city could lower these error rates to within the 4 percent error margin allowed under the law, said Russo.
Cost for codifying the regulations will run about $3 million over the next three years and will require DRH to hire 12 additional staff members at a cost of $500,000. Russo said the agency has asked the City Council to place the additional $500,000 in its 1980 budget.
Money to fund the codifying phase of the system has been requested from the Department of Agriculture, HEW and the Temporary Commission on Financial Oversight of the District of Columbia.
If the city's application for federal funds is approved, DHR officials said the federal government can reimburse the city for upto 50 percent of the program costs.