Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Disaster CalFresh Benefits Available for Fire Victims through Nov 1st

As a result of the recent McCourtney and Lobo fires, the President made a declaration of Individual Assistance (IA) for Nevada County, which allowed the Department of Social Services to request the State to submit a waiver to operate Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh) benefits in Nevada County.

The Disaster CalFresh program is designed to help provide additional food assistance to households that have been affected by disaster situations.  To be eligible to D-CalFresh, a household must have experienced at least one of the following adverse effects as a result of the disaster: loss of income, (including reduction, termination or delay in receipt due to the disaster); inaccessible liquid resources (i.e.: banks are closed during the disaster); or deductible/allowable disaster related expenses (including out of pocket household expenses paid that are not expected to be reimbursed during the D-CalFresh period).  The program has higher income limits than the standard CalFresh program and assists individuals and families who may not currently be recipients of Cal-Fresh benefits. D-CalFresh gives households a one-time benefit of the maximum allotment of CalFresh for their household size.  If eligible, a household of 2 would receive $352 in CalFresh benefits, and a household of 4 would receive $640.  

Applications for the Disaster CalFresh program can be made at the Department of Social Services from Wednesday, October 25th through Wednesday, November 1st only.  Both the 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City and 10075 Levon Ave, Suite 202, Truckee locations will offer Disaster CalFresh application assistance Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM during the application period.  The Nevada City office will also accept applications Saturday, October 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Applications may also be submitted online at C4Yourself.com during this period.  In addition to our Nevada County residents, affected individuals who may be in our local area who were relocated from Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba counties due to the recent fires may also apply for D-CalFresh at our local offices.  A face-to-face interview with eligibility staff is required to apply for D-CalFresh.

Households already receiving CalFresh benefits may also be eligible to receive a Disaster CalFresh supplement. This supplement will assist to bring their benefit amount up to the maximum allotment if they are not already receiving the maximum benefits for their household size.  CalFresh recipients residing in the 95946, 95959, and 95975 zip codes will automatically receive this supplement.  Those residing in other areas should contact their worker to request to apply for this supplement.

For more information about the Disaster CalFresh program contact, or specialized programs currently in effect due to the recent fires, please contact the Nevada County Department of Social Services at (530) 265-1340 or Sara Connor, Program Manager, at Sara.Connor@co.nevada.ca.us.


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Cannabis Conversation: Additional 9th CAG Meeting November 7th

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) has met eight times since late May with an additional ninth meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Foothill Events Center at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.  The additional meeting was added to finish discussions of general directions and initial recommendations for the Board on the revised cannabis ordinance. An agenda for the meeting will be published next week on the Cannabis Conversation website and in next week's Friday Memo.

Community members are welcome to attend the meetings in person where the CAG hears public comment.  Alternatively, all meetings are available to watch online, both archived and live stream on the Cannabis Conversation website and written comments can be submitted via email to cagmeetingcomments@migcom.com. All written comments submitted within 48 hours of each meeting are included in the meeting summary and distributed to the CAG members for review and consideration. Commenters are not required to identify themselves, per the Brown Act, and all published comments are redacted to remove personal identity.  Meeting materials and related documents are available to the public on the Cannabis Conversations website.

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed by the Board of Supervisors to advise the Board on the development of a permanent Cannabis Ordinance for Nevada County.  This inclusive process will take into account the input of all community stakeholders. Nevada County has contracted MIG as a consultant during this process. MIG is providing facilitation services for the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group to ensure a fair and equitable process while advising and drafting a new Cannabis Ordinance.

Please visit the Cannabis Conversation webpage for up-to-date information.


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Board Approves Additional Funding and Staff for Homeless Individuals

In an effort to increase services for those experiencing homelessness and to get more individuals housed, Nevada County Behavioral Health is partnering with Turning Point to provide two service coordinators at Hospitality House using Mental Health Services Act and MediCal funds. Hospitality House, a local non-profit organization, provides a critical safety net for emergency shelter to individuals and families. Hospitality House is full with over fifty guests every night and has a need for more staff that help connect their guests to services. In addition to the two service coordinators, Behavioral Health has also increased their contract with Hospitality House by $44,000 to help with general operating expenses, using Prevention and Early Intervention funds to support the contract increase.  These increases were approved by the Board of Supervisors during their October 24th meeting.

The service coordinators will help Hospitality House guests connect to needed services, such as applying for MediCal and/or food stamps or to physical or mental health services or substance use treatment. They will work with Hospitality House guests on getting housed, and will continue to provide support while housed by helping to build respectful tenant/landlord relationships and by providing support with the goal of long-term, permanent housing.

Nevada County is grateful for the hard work of the Hospitality House staff and "we are excited about the fresh spirit their new Executive Director, Nancy Baglietto, brings to the agency" says Behavioral Health Director, Rebecca Slade.  Nancy is also looking forward to deepening Hospitality House's partnership with the County through the additional support, saying, "Our staff is poised to work with Turning Point to embed the two service coordinators into Hospitality House as quickly as possible. We currently only have one in-house shelter Case Manager to serve over fifty clients. With the assistance of two additional service coordinators, Hospitality House will be able to more effectively and comprehensively work with our shelter guests to help them regain their self-sufficiency and independence, and move into permanent homes of their own."


DEA Dispose of Unused Rx

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday October 28th

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to dispose of those medications easily and safely.

For more information, including a Collection Site Locator and a Partnership Toolbox, please visit DEA's website.

The Collection Sites in Nevada County are:

  • Truckee Police Department: Gateway Shopping Center
  • Grass Valley Police Department: Corner of S. Auburn and Neal Street

The Building Outpost is Coming Soon - Stay Tuned for the Grand Opening!

This satellite office will be located within the Nevada Contractors Association at 149 Crown Point Court in Grass Valley. Once open, Building Department Staff will be onsite Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Services available at this site will include application submittals, obtaining over-the-counter permits, project resubmittals, fees estimates and general building permit and plan check questions.  Please note that not all services will be available at the Building Permit Outpost. 

In addition, there will be a self-service kiosk open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kiosk services available include online application submittals, scheduling building inspections, checking status of plan check, completing property research, and accessing forms and handouts on the County webpage. 

If you have any questions, please contact us directly at (530) 265-1222 or by email at buildingdept@co.nevada.ca.us.


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Spooky Halloween Programming at your Nevada County Libraries

Stop by and enjoy a wide variety of Halloween programs for families of all ages at the Nevada County Community Libraries in October.  All events encourage children, teens, and adults to come in costume. The list of Halloween themed events include:

  • Mad Scientist Party at the Grass Valley Library on Wednesday, October 25th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Join us for a night of slime, costumes, explosions, and fun.  Appropriate for all ages.
  • Family Night: Scary Stories Celebration at the Madelyn Helling Library on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Bring the whole family and enjoy some great scary stories.  Come with a scary story to share and win a prize.
  • All Day Halloween Hi-Jinx  at the Truckee Library on Tuesday, October 31st from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Events include Trick-or-Treat Storytime, "POE"try & Ghoulish Rhymes, Mad Science Slimmers, Spooky BINGO, Funny fortune telling, Halloween crafts, music and coloring.

For detailed information, check out the library events calendar on our website.


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Nevada County Public Health and UC Davis Partner for a Win-Win

Over the summer, the Public Health Department partnered with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing from UC Davis to provide students with practical experiences for their "Fostering Healthy Communities" course.  The students spent 10 Mondays meeting requirements to earn their Public Health Nurse certification and exploring this nursing specialty.  In turn, they conducted a research project on "How Nevada County is Strengthening Families and Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)".  The final day of the quarter the students participated in the Employee Health Fair at four stations:  wheel of health, BP screenings, flu shots, and poster presentations.

At the poster presentation station, the students talked with county employees and visitors about their research on ways Nevada County strengthens and supports families.  Through focus groups with county staff and community partners the students gathered data on the 5 protective factors from the Strengthening Families Framework. They listened as people described their efforts to support resilience through advocacy, inter-agency collaboration, safety net services, supporting self-efficacy, and prevention efforts. Study participants assist parents in their knowledge of parenting and child development through individual and group coaching, home visiting programs, and outreach and education.  Concrete support comes through basic needs assistance, the crisis support unit and hotlines, shelters, and referrals to services.  Social connections for parents are encouraged through opportunities for socializing, public-private partnerships, peer-family interactions, and mentoring programs.  Social and emotional competence of children is built through modeling healthy parenting and positive parenting curricula and breastfeeding promotion. 

Government, community organizations, and families working together was identified as one of Nevada County's strengths.  Challenges were also acknowledged including housing, transportation, and access to health care, substance abuse treatment, and bilingual services.  One focus group participant summarized this research by saying, "Clients are resilient.  They go through challenge after challenge.  When the families understand and cope and get the help they need, they can better support their child."

For more information about this project, please contact Cindy Wilson, Director of Public Health Nursing, at cynthia.wilson@co.nevada.ca.us.


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