This week, among other business, the Board:
– Presented scrolls to the Department of Children and Family Services, foster families from every district and Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker, founders of the non-profit organization Foster Care Counts, and declared May 2015 as “Foster Care Awareness Month”. Without the commitment of countless foster and relative caregivers over the last 30 years, the County would not be able to care for its abused and neglected children. You can learn more about the benefits and rewards of being a foster parent by calling (888) 811-1121 or visiting www.ShareYourHeartLA.org.
– Approved geographic funding priorities for the LA County California State Preschool Program and the LA County General Child Care and Development Program for 2014-15 for the expansion of subsidized child care and development services.
– Celebrated the 100th birthday of the County Flood Control District with a fascinating look at the history of the District, moving from several decades of flooding and needing to channel stormwater runoff to the ocean, to the parched present, causing us to switch to channeling millions of gallons of stormwater into reuse and recycling.
– Authorized the Department of Public Social Services to enter into a new contract with the LA County Office of Education, at a maximum amount of $63,839,730, to provide Job Readiness and Career Planning services to the County’s Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) and Refugee Employment Program (REP) participants. These services assist participants in overcoming employment barriers through goal setting, building self-esteem and providing job search and placement activities which enable participants to obtain gainful employment. This is all state and federal funding, with no net cost to the County.
– Approved the Director of Mental Health signing an amended agreement with Step Up on Second (Santa Monica) to extend a service agreement for a Drop-In Center for Transition Age Youth.
– Authorized the Director of Mental Health to accept a grant for the Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders (Second Chance Act) from the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the amount of $600,000, to fund the Comprehensive Adult ReEntry (CARE) Program, an expansion of pre and post-release treatment and reentry services for individuals with both substance abuse and mental health disorders who are incarcerated in the County jails.
– Had a report back from the Director of Consumer and Business Affairs on the question of whether truck drivers at the ports are being misclassified as independent contractors and, if so, if the County can take any action.
– Authorized the Department of Public Health to enter into several contracts for the provision of HIV/AIDS case management and home-based services.
– Approved money for training for those working with sexually exploited youth and asked the state to increase the money available for these services.
– Adjourned in memory of Rachel Rosenthal, pioneering performance artist and longtime resident of West Los Angeles, who recently passed away at the age of 88.