Dr. Rahul Gupta, Kanawha-Charleston executive director, said grants for Kanawha and many other counties have been approved.
"At this point, I'm flustered as to how many hoops we need to go through to have people to do this job to protect the residents of this county," he said.
Gupta briefly touched on a federal investigation into how grant money, including those from federal funds, were managed by the previous administration.
Gupta said the investigation is focusing on anything and everything before July 1 but noted he didn't know how far back investigators are going. He said he has continued to encourage DHHR to ensure that "past activities do not hold hostage future funding."
"If the feds are investigating actions of the past, we can't stop protecting people today," Gupta said.
The board authorized Gupta to pursue local, state and federal government officials to see why the money hasn't been given to Putnam County.
"We have made a lot of progress in Kanawha County but I'm not sure what the levels are in Putnam County. I believe they need to be protected at the same level as any other county in the state and I'm not feeling that from the DHHR yet," Gupta told board members. "For whatever reasons, the 2014 grant still has not been approved."