Apparently, the CDC was hit with such a massive outcry from state health departments about the changes, that they have made some emergency bridge money available. Basically, all the health departments said "WAIT... we've been doing what you told us to do, how you told us to do it, and we've committed money to CBO grantees (who in the case of VT have been VERY successful) and now you're telling us we need to completely cut off that funding in five months? Can we have a little more transition time?"
So, CDC has given a modicum of support for more of a transition, and in Vermont, this meant that rather than go away completely, my job would likely be cut down, hour-wise. Still a big problem for me overall, but possibly a longer term problem as far as finding new full time work, as it might be easier to pick up a second job at part time hours to meet our immediate budget needs. (Although health insurance was still a big scary question if my hours dropped below the qualifying threshold.)
HOWEVER... yesterday, the Vermont DoH told us that due to one of their own cost saving/shifting endeavors, they CAN say with great confidence that they will be able to fund all of their current grantees at least through the 2012 year. So while this is not what the original contract promised (which was three years of funding), it is still a HUGE improvement and a big big BIG relief to me, personally. There is still an outside chance this will change again, but our DoH is a cautious bunch, and if they are publicly saying "we are very confident" it means it's basically a done deal.
As Reesa said, it gives me time to PLAN as opposed to REACT. Exactly.
I'm a planner. I plan. It's what I do. When I am deprived of my planning opportunities, my stress monkeys start jumping off the walls.
This helps so much, because all the grief counseling says "try not make any major life changes like moving or changing jobs in the first year after the death" and since I'm already doing the former, I was REALLY not looking forward to doing the latter too, and all at the same time.
AND... last night I finished my book! YAY! NFP, just for me. It makes me VERY happy. :) Haven't written in approximately a year so that was a good way to finish a day of good news.
AND... Saturday is National Cheesecake Day! CELEBRATE!