The board receives a presentation from Health and Human Services Agency Director Donell Ewert. The HHSA is celebrating 10 years of service and Ewert is detailing the work of the agency.
Ewert's bullet points include: Expanded services offered in regional offices. At first there were 3 offices. We provided a lot of assistance in those offices. We have 5 now.
Behavioral Health Court, Increased access to healthcare. Increased the medical enrollement. We were the warm hand off for the Covered CA. That’s 23,000 who had insurance who didn’t have it before.
Addressing adverse childhood experiences and EBT access at farmers markets.
The promotion of mental well-being is also an important focus of the Health and Human Services Agency. This was connected to the Brave Faces presentation.
Increasing access to health and human services - Ewert has several increases in access over the last 6 years.
We have increased our phone access and internet access as well. A big part of reaching goals is building organization capacity to provide high-quality services.
Ewert says: That's the summary of the successes. A video begins with Ewert talking. "The benefits that could be achieved of integration" ... I think we've been greatly successful. Integration being that the HHSA was formed through merging several other departments.
According to Ewert, the HHSA has now approximately 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $182 million.
There are now a number of HHSA employees discussing their goals and accomplishments. This includes mental health services, work opportunities, community organizing, and making lasting impressions on people.
There are employees talking over b-roll - bottles of alcohol, stock market numbers, a family walking into the sunset.
Supervisor Pam Giacomini said the work of the HHSA is critical.
Supervisor Bill Schappell is following up on an editorial from the Record Searchlight that says the HHSA is not reporting on the truth.
Schappell is discussing on the differences of the truth and what is reported in the newspaper. Don't write an article on a prejudged idea. It's coming from Mars, said Schappell.
Supervisor Leonard Moty said, If it isn't splashy, all over the map, then they don't look over all the map. They're trying to sway the facts. It's no secret the editorial board has taken to bashing the city council, the board of supervisors.
Supervisor Les Baugh: I would like to say happy 10th birthday. It's not that you fixed everything, Baugh says to Ewert. There are stepping stones to the whole health initiative.
Baugh: There are $10 million dollars that you were able to enhance the community. That alone has been received better than of reason and folks are looking at that.
Baugh: To the editorial, we saw a similar editorial that was critical on the services from the county. I posted on Facebook that the Record Searchlight house a homeless person at their building. And they have not done that.
Moty: Going back to the HHSA. Thank you for what you have done. I'd like to say thank you to the past board members who have taken these issues and moved forward. You should be proud of the work you have done.
Kehoe: I think it's important to recognize the hard work of McKenzie and Mr. Larry Lees for possessing the vision of moving forward in this direction. I thank both of them. As to the observations of my colleagues - there is a reality gap - between the media and what the county has done.
Kehoe: Let me make an innovative suggestion - Why don't we as the board extend an invitation to the editorial board so they can explain their point and we can reply to them.
The board laughs at the idea. The board will think about that idea.
We are on to the public comment period. William G. is behind the podium. Retired operator of Shasta Logging. Here to complain about an employee.
We are on to the consent calendar. Item C2 is a reappointment for Rubin Cruse Jr. Calendar is approved.
Baugh attended a Rural Counties Representatives meeting. Overall, RCRC adopted a $10 million budget. On the Golden State Financing Authority, they continue to be a rock in the financial success. Over 4,000 families were assisted with getting new homes, according to Baugh.
Baugh: I was appointed a vice chair of water and natural resources on the RCRC. Baugh also attended a Shingletown city council. Their slash program, where people can clean up their home in the forest and those things are taken to be processed - Baugh thanks Public Works for this program. He thanks Cal Fire for assisting in this program. We have to wait for snow and rain to disappear.
Schappell: Attended a City of Shasta Lake oversight board meeting where there was a purchase of land. The people I have worked with the last four years are stellar.
Kehoe's report: He attended the Shasta Health Assessment - touched on the Affordable Care Act.
Moty's report: Attended the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event. Attended the Sac River Forum. I will be the incoming chair this year. He also attended the Feed our Seniors luncheon thing. Congrats to Supervisor Baugh to being elected to the RCRC board.
Supervisor Kehoe invites the board members to come before the dais for a presentation.
The LAFCO board presents a recognition to Giacomini for her time as an alternate for Les Baugh.
Supervisor Schappell received recognition from the board. Supervisor Leonard Moty said, "Pam, at least you won't have to deal with the media anymore." Supervisor Giacomini said, "That's true. Nathan, don't expect me to return your calls."
Next item: Sheriff Tom Bosenko is detailing a donation to the Sheriff's Office from We Back the Blue, the Redding Peace Officers Association.
Don B. from the radio is behind the podium to detail the We Back the Blue project. "We were trying for $5,000" They got much more in one day thanks to donations from the community that will go to buy protective gear for law enforcement.
We couldn't do it without We Back the Blue - we are the counter voice to the negativity from the media.
There will be a Dutch Bros. event coming up that is partnered with We Back the Blue.
Sheriff: Part of We Back the Blue, there is also a Blue Santa, who will also give back to the community.
Baugh: You folks have done the opposite what has been done across the country. It's a tremendous effort. I salute all of you. We appreciate all of you.
Moty: Don and Heather, thank you. I don't think you have an editorial board- you're safe. Thank you for that. I would be remiss if I did not mention Brian, who was a retired employee from the Redding Police Dept.
Schappell: I wanted to reiterate - We Back the Blue, the first meeting I went to was in Anderson at the Dutch Bros. I think the time you have picked to do this is a good time. We need public safety and we need them to be competent. It brings a little more notice to the public.
The board approves this donation that will go to the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff thanks Supervisors Schappell and Giacomini for their last four years. Merry Christmas.
Next item: An ordinance from Public Works. It's an issue that has quite a bit of history. It's easements - an offer of dedication that has not been accepted by the board.