Flint Registry celebrates launch, aims to help water crisis recovery

    Flint Registry celebrates launch, aims to help water crisis recovery

    People in Flint have a new resource to help them recover from the devastation of the water crisis.

    It's an online database called the Flint Registry.

    Among the hundreds of people who gathered to celebrate the Flint Registry is Maxine Onstott. The mom will never forget what she believes the water did to her six year old son who has developmental disabilities.

    “I look at him I can't say it was caused by the water but I can say the water didn't help. If you look at the symptoms of lead exposure in children,” she said.

    Onstott is among the 6,000 who pre-enrolled. The online database connects people who lived, worked, and went to school in Flint from April 2014 to October 2015 with resources. Flint Registry Director Doctor Mona Hanna-Attisha says they include behavioral health services, home inspections and more.

    “The most exciting new resource that's available that the registry will connect families to is the Genesee Health System Neurodevelopmental Center For Excellence its free available for children,” she said.

    Hanna-Attisha believes the registry will help them learn more about how Flint as a whole is doing. And they're already gathering data.

    “People are still concerned about water they're concerned about when their pipes are going to get replaced they're concerned about how to get connected to resources,” she said.

    As the celebration that brought dignitaries, state leaders, and people from Flint together came to a close, Onstott's hopeful this is another step to help Flint move forward.

    “It's a big relief not to have to guess and search for things,” she said.

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