DETROIT (AP) — Control of Detroit public health services is set to transfer from the city to a private, nonprofit institute next Monday.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/VwFmV3 ), however, that City Council is seeking a temporary restraining order to block the dissolution of the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion. The department oversees programs including substance abuse treatment, HIV control and testing, immunizations and food safety.
Critics say the creation of the new Institute for Population Health violates union contracts and the city charter.
Mayor Dave Bing defends the plan, saying it will improve efficiency and ensure that people get the services they need. The move is part of his 2012-13 budget, which includes cuts mandated by Detroit's agreement with the state to fix the city's finances. The institute was incorporated in April.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/