Hello District 4 Residents,
As we come to the close of 2020, I want to thank every individual and organization that continues to support our community throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have weathered 2020 together and will continue to work in partnership for the health and strength of our community as we approach 2021.
Here’s a quick summary of some of the actions taken at the December Board of Supervisors meetings:
Our Behavioral Health department, the Behavioral Health Contractors’ Associations, and stakeholders continue to balance the need to work with urgency to develop and implement Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams and Mobile Crisis Response Teams with meaningful opportunities for stakeholder engagement on the program design. As a County, we need to better meet the needs of people struggling with mental health issues – this work will also help us better address the challenges presented by unhoused residents in our community and reduce the role of law enforcement in engaging with people who are in crisis.
My work continues on the effort to bring mental health services to every school district in the County – please check out my Friday video on my social media for a description of what is available now and what is on the way.
FISCAL YEAR 21-22 PRIORITIES
- Adequately funds the Coronavirus response and recovery with a special focus on assisting virus-positive individuals who may be unable to isolate safely without external supports and small, locally owned businesses and their employees that have been directly impacted by the shutdown orders
- Prioritizes funding of services and programs that support and uplift marginalized populations
Invests in the County’s capacity to be a high-performing organization
The greatest challenge facing our County’s children and families right now is the Coronavirus and its related economic impacts. Our budget needs to reflect that and fund the ongoing response and recovery accordingly.
ENGAGEMENT AT THE STATE LEVEL
In other news, I was elected by my Supervisor colleagues across the state to serve on the executive committee of the California State Association of Counties. Through this role, I will have opportunities throughout the year to engage state legislators on issues that are important to the welfare of Counties. Given the many challenges presented by our public health and economic crises, it is important that the voice of Santa Clara County is at every table (or on every zoom) where decisions are made.
My colleagues on the Board of Supervisors nominated me to serve as Vice President of the Board for the coming calendar year. I look forward to working with our incoming Board President, Supervisor Mike Wasserman. I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to the new District 3 Supervisor, Otto Lee.
Nine months into this pandemic we continue to move toward a safe reopening of the County. We cannot move forward without each of us taking all necessary precautions and steps to protect our community -- wearing a mask, following social distancing, washing/sanitizing your hands, staying home to the extent possible and – sadly – foregoing any holiday celebrations with people outside of your household. I will continue to advocate for a quicker and safe reopening of our County. As I do so, please reach out to my office to let us know how we can continue to be an advocate for you.
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As always, if you have questions, comments, and/or concerns, email me to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I and my team are here for you.