Sen. Herb Kohl has secured a $100,000 grant for the Racine Health Care Network's dental clinic.
The clinic opened last year, staffed by 12 dentists, seven hygienists, and seven dental assistants who volunteer their time. The program provided 667 appointments in eight months.
But the demand for dental services was far greater than expected; and more than half the 256 adults who had appointments for cleanings reported this their first such visit. The money will help the clinic expand hours, to serve more patients.
Racine's funding is a portion of $975,000 for dental health programs across the state added to the Department of Health and Human Services budget for 2008, which was passed by the Senate last night.