The University of Notre Dame has partnered with an Indiana high school to research and map neighborhoods with lead-tainted homes.
The state will use money from the Children's Health Insurance Program.
HUD is giving the East Chicago Housing Authority $4 million to demolish a contaminated public housing complex, but some residents are worried about the plan.
Carson says the handling of the situation could serve as a model for other contaminated public housing.
The government continues to oppose intervention by a group of East Chicago residents, who are asking for a larger role in the clean up of their neighborhood.
The federal agency said Wednesday that it will designate a "community involvement coordinator" who will be a point of contact for local residents.
The Indiana Finance Authority plans to test more than 700 schools for lead in their water.
House Bill 1344 designates East Chicago as "an area of special concern," and allocates resources for water and soil testing in the city.
Fifty-six families still live in the lead-tainted public housing complex, with 19 waiting to appeal their temporary relocation assignments.
Bone lead X-ray tests are more effective than other methods, but only three machines in the country can perform them – including one at Purdue University.