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United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area has allocated almost $4 million to 82 health and human service programs for the 1991-92 year.

Thanks to a record-breaking fund-raising campaign, the allocations include significant increases to a number of programs, and six new programs have become United Way agencies.One program, the Intermountain Sexual Abuse Treatment Center, lost its funding from the agency.

Twelve panels, made up of 150 volunteers who contributed more than 7,000 hours total to the process, made the funding decisions. Each panel reviewed applications, visited programs, went through funding requests and interviewed applicant agencies before arriving at a decision.

In an effort to streamline the process and increase long-range planning, several programs received two-year funding. Although these programs will be examined each year, the interim review will be less stringent, taking less time from volunteers and United Way staff.

The Boy Scouts of America Great Salt Lake Council went through the review process for the first time since 1983. Board members will hear a panel's recommendation on its funding some time this summer.

United Way also set aside money for emergency intervention and demonstration projects to better meet the needs of the community.

Another $230,570 was set aside for "targeted needs." Grant applications will be sought from programs that serve specific priorities, based on a community-needs study the United Way conducted. The committees that make the decisions and review applications for those funds will meet as needed throughout the year.

Ten thousand dollars that had been allocated to the Intermountain Sexual Abuse Treatment program last year was placed with the Targeted Needs Committee and earmarked for sexual abuse treatment.

"Volunteers had had concern for a couple of years about the agency's management. Part of that grows out of its phenomenal growth. It's a quarter-million-dollar agency. And it frankly seemed that our $10,000 was such a small part of ISAT's budget that maybe we could have more impact elsewhere," said United Way director Charles Johnson.

The Children's Center, Indian Health Care Clinic, Guadalupe Education Programs, Salt Lake Boys and Girls Club, Utah Youth Village Sandy Boys Home and the Utah chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse were all admitted to new United Way participation. Developmental Disabilities, Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, the Reading Room for the Blind and the YWCA were all readmitted.


Funding guidelines

The United Way conducted a critical needs study to identify areas that need additional funding. Among the findings:

- First priority will be meeting basic needs like food and shelter for the economically disadvantaged.

- Self-sufficiency programs, drug and alcohol treatment and breaking down the barriers that prevent someone from receiving services was listed as the second priority.

- Finally, the study found that both the quality and quantity of counseling for the abused, neglected and emotionally troubled must be emphasized.