Funding for poison control centers is piecemeal, and centers often receive unfunded mandates for data provision and other services. A current example is the expectation of active participation in regional emergency planning and response and the provision of additional data for all-hazards emergency preparedness and response surveillance without dedicated resources. Furthermore, federal grants earmarked for poison control center enhancement have done little to stabilize centers in need of financial support for basic service delivery.
There is considerable opportunity for coordination and cooperation between poison control centers and public health agencies at federal, state, and county levels. However, without federal or state points of accountability, many poison control center oversight roles have been assumed by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. These factors have led to a lack of integration of center data with the public health system.