Blog posts -- Cities/counties

Stockton California The Cost of Gun Violence [nicjr.org]

From National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, February 2020 The City of Stockton has developed past its days as a small rural town in California’s Central Valley. Emerging from bankruptcy, the city is now experiencing population and economic growth with one of the most popular mayors in the country, whose innovative initiatives have garnered national attention. Although Stockton has long contended with stubbornly high rates of gun violence, the City is making progress on this front as...

RESPITE Conference - Registration is OPEN!

RESPITE Conference: Building a Trauma-Informed Community Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Granada Heights Friends Church – La Mirada 11818 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638 About the Conference: Learn more about the impacts of trauma through an informative and interactive day of training with education , resources , and tools that will equip you and your environment to serve the most vulnerable among us. The day will include main sessions, tailored breakouts, and...

Updated Community Health Assessment now available [Humboldtgov.org]

The Community Health Assessment (CHA), a comprehensive overview of the health of the Humboldt County community, was presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting this afternoon. The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Public Health report looks at traditional public health measures of illness, mortality, nutrition and physical activity in the community. The CHA also includes data about income, housing status, community safety and access to care, as underlying...

Solano County's (CA) ACEs initiative, a robust community effort, makes room for input from all

In a house called “Johanna’s House” on a tree-lined side street in Vallejo, Calif., four women are filling out the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) survey given to them by Maria Guevara, the founder of Vallejo Together, an organization that serves homeless residents in Vallejo. The house was named for Johanna Dilag, a homeless woman who was found dead along with her dog.

May 22nd as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience Awareness Day by Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

In preparation for the proclamation being presented today at the Sacramento Board of Supervisors meeting May 21st at 9:30 AM, I sent the attached news release to the Sacramento Bee and Capital Radio. Please feel free to share with the community. Dear....... I wanted to let you know about an important event that is coming up next week and see if you could help me spread the word. On May 21st Supervisor Patrick Kennedy and the Sacramento Board of Supervisors are going to declare May 22nd as A...

CA Counties Play Key Role in New Coalition on Behavioral Health [The CSAC Bulletin]

A new statewide coalition formed to address behavioral health and substance use disorder. California is at a critical juncture in the way it manages behavioral health and substance use disorde r and the impact they can have on other social services . That’s one of the reasons CSAC is joining Behavioral Health Action (BHA). The new coalition is dedicated to raising behavioral health challenges and substance use disorder higher on the public policy priority list. The coalition plans to raise...

The Road to Resilience: A Public Health Approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The Road to Resilience: A Public Health Approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Physicians and public health nurses representing all 58 counties and 3 cities in California came together for three days to discuss The Road to Resilience: A Public Health Approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences . Program Brochure Presentations included (partial list): Health Departments’ Evolving Perspective: Addressing ACEs, Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress The Lived Experience of ACEs and...

Resilient Berkeley rolls up its sleeves and gets to work

Angela Jernigan (left), Donielle Prince (center), Nicole Powell (right) Photo by Laurie Udesky Angela Jernigan and Nicole Powell of Resilient Berkeley met with ACEs Connection’s Donielle Prince on Monday, April 23 to discuss an event that they’re organizing, which incorporates ACEs science into parenting education. They plan to hold a gathering at one of Berkeley’s public libraries. (Stay tuned for details as they emerge!) Jernigan and Powell bring to their work an appreciation for ACEs...

Updated Data Show Over A Quarter Million Public School Students Homeless

Data on homeless children and youth in California are now available on Kidsdata. Over a quarter million , or 4.4% of public school students, were recorded as homeless at some point during the 2015-2016 school year. Most homeless students stayed with friends or relatives because of loss of housing ( 85% ), and the remainder were in a temporary shelter, motel, or were unsheltered. Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (Point-in-Time Count), Ages 0-17: 2017 Recording homeless students during the school...

Link between crime, family dysfunction is next focus of Stanislaus County effort [Modbee.com]

First, it was the complex issue of homelessness; the need for outreach and housing to move people off the streets. Now, the Focus on Prevention in Stanislaus County will work on strengthening families, with an emphasis on families of people in the criminal justice system. In a 10-year effort, Focus on Prevention is working with 10 different sectors to address major social problems and improve the quality of life in Stanislaus County. Leaders believe efforts to address family dysfunction can...

Minding the mind: County mental health official making strides (register-pajaronian.com)

More than three years ago, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Director Erik Riera came to Santa Cruz County aiming to address the vast mental health needs of the community. Trauma informed care Using a grant to begin training all staff in trauma informed care, Riera started a year ago on a goal of training every employee in the health service agency with this model. Integrated Behavioral Health Program When the Affordable Care Act expanded Medi-Cal for the community, Riera was able...

$3 billion state program hopes to improve healthcare for the poor in 18 counties, including O.C. (ocregister.com)

Orange County hopes to get homeless residents into housing – and help them stay there. Riverside County plans to connect former inmates with health clinics and social services. Placer County is opening a respite center where homeless patients can go after they leave the hospital. Those are just some of the pilot projects in a $3 billion experimental effort officials hope will improve the health of California’s most vulnerable populations. The effort is a recognition that improving people’s...

Riverside County reaches milestone in housing homeless veterans (myvalleynews.com)

Riverside County has become the nation’s first large county to meet “functional zero,” a federal benchmark for making permanent housing available for all homeless veterans who seek assistance from the county. The board of supervisors established the Veteran Assistance Leadership of Riverside County (VALOR) initiative in June 2013 to find permanent housing for every homeless veteran in Riverside County. Together, the Housing Authority division of the county Economic Development Agency, the...

Report Rates Child Well-Being in California Counties [ChronicleOfSocialChange.org]

A new report from Children Now details wide disparities in children’s well-being across California’s 58 counties. The 2016–2017 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being looks at a series of indicators organized around the three domains of child welfare and economic well-being; health; and education. The report provides a comparison over time for each of 28 indicators, as well as a breakdown by ethnicity on each data point for every county in the state. Children Now, an advocacy...

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