Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency Newsletter

October 2011

Issue No 1

In This Issue
Homeless Services
Bilingual Therapist Hired
Federal Grant Awarded
Family Preservation Program
NCHHSA Awarded $300,000
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A Word from Health and Human Services Agency...


Welcome to our first edition of the revamped Health and Human Services Agency's Newsletter.  Changes have been modeled on the recent DSS Newsletter which has proven to be a successful tool to regularly share information with employees.  Our goal is to publish this on a monthly basis.  We hope you enjoy this month's edition and welcome any suggestions you may have as we work to improve intra-agency communication.


Jeff Brown, Director

Nevada County Health and Human Services 


Nevada County's Homeless Services

New Programs and Expanded Programs Accommodate Rising Need

Hospitality HouseA number of new programs and program expansions have taken place to begin to accommodate the rising need of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Hospitality House has engaged in the purchase of a building on Sutton Way in Grass Valley. This building, once remodeled, will be able to accommodate up to 54 homeless guests each night, increasing this program's shelter capacity while eliminating the need to bus guests to partner churches. This project is estimated to be completed in March 2012.


In addition, the Nevada County Housing Development Corporation, with support from the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department, has just purchased a single family residence which will be used to house six individuals with serious mental illness. These individuals will be supported with services from Turning Point Providence Center. This purchase, and its on-going maintenance, is supported with funding from Mental Health Services Act Housing and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shelter + Care Programs.


Bilingual Therapist Hired

Full Time Spanish Speaking Therapist to Serve Truckee Tahoe Clientsgrandma and child

Over the course of the last few months, Nevada County, Placer County and the community placed a concerted effort on finding a bilingual therapist to serve our Spanish speaking clients in the Tahoe Truckee region. The need for bilingual therapy in the Tahoe Truckee area has significantly increased over the past several years. Since the US Census in 2000, the Latino population in the eastern portion of Nevada County and the North Tahoe Kings Beach area of Placer County has seen an increase of approximately 22 percent. In August of 2011, with the support of Placer County and Nevada County Mental Health Service Act funding, Sierra Mental Wellness Group hired a full time therapist that will serve Spanish speaking clients in Nevada and Placer counties. The therapist will divide her time between Sierra Mental Wellness Group in Tahoe City, the North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Kings Beach, the Joseph Center in Truckee and the Family Resource Center in Truckee. 


Tahoe Truckee Drug Free Coalition Awarded a Federal Grant

$125,000 Awarded to Assess Factors and Strategies in Drug Prevention

boozeTahoe Truckee Future without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD), also known as the Tahoe Truckee Drug Free Coalition, has been awarded a FY 2011-2012, $125,000 grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The grant may be renewed non-competitively each year for five years for a total award amount of $625,000. There is also the option to request an additional five years of funding at the end of this grant cycle beginning in FY 2016-2017. TT-FWDD was among 89 of 453 communities that applied and were awarded funding. This grant will support efforts to assess environmental factors, social norms, substance abuse patterns and prevention strategies with a focus on youth in our community. TT-FWDD has been meeting for approximately one year and reflects a broad range of community partners representing both Nevada and Placer counties serving the Tahoe Truckee region.


The Family Preservation Program

Services Include Therapy, Case Management, and Mentoring

familyThe purpose of the Family Preservation Program is to provide intensive services that include therapy; case management; and parent mentoring to families who need a higher level of support. The goal of the Family Preservation program is to use a strength-based, multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that families at risk for child abuse and/or neglect or mandatory CPS intervention can stay together. The Family Preservation Program focuses on high-risk families with complex needs, and a child or children who exhibit emotional difficulties and/or behavior problems indicating the need for intervention and support, but that do not meet criteria for CPS intervention. Referrals to Family Preservation come from schools, community partner agencies, and the Child Protective Services program. The Family Preservation Team will work closely with CPS to identify families at risk of child abuse or neglect to provide and coordinate the most appropriate services. Family Preservation services are voluntary and are offered at no-cost to the family. To make a referral, please e-mail a Referral Form & Multidisciplinary Team Consent Form to or fax the forms to (530) 273-6941, Attention Margaret Duffy.


NCHHSA Awarded $300,000 in Funding

Funds to Support Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention

grapesThe Nevada County Health & Human Services Agency recently received $300,000 in total funding to implement a Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (formerly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed)) Program in Nevada County. Half of these funds are a grant to the Public Health Department and half are an allocation to the Department of Social Services. While the funding is currently restricted to the more traditional direct nutrition education being emphasized by USDA SNAP-Ed since 2004, new legislation is transitioning this program to the use of community and public health approaches to improve nutrition which have been proven to be more effective in reducing obesity and chronic disease.


The Health Department's Health & Wellness Division will be leading this effort, which kicked off October 1st. Until the rules completely transition, the focus will be to provide nutrition classes to food stamp-eligible populations, and to promote a "Re-Think Your Drink" campaign to reduce the consumption of high sugar beverages. The long-term vision is to coordinate the NEOP program with community-based efforts to reduce chronic disease through systems, policy, and environmental changes. These include promoting healthy food policies in community institutions in schools, safe walking and bike routes, and workplace wellness, to name a few. For more information on NEOP and other chronic disease prevention initiatives in the County, contact Galen Ellis at or (530) 265-1732.

Patty Rangel, Department of Health and Human Services Agency
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