Yolo County Receives $5.9M Grant to Expand Criminal Justice Diversion Programs

Source: County of Yolo  |  2017-06-13

Members of the Yolo County Prop 47 Grant Steering Committee. From left to right: Danin Fruchtenicht, Chief Brent Cardall, Carolyn West, Ginger Hashimoto, Nate Palmer, Sandra Sigrist, Ian Evans, Christopher Bulkeley, Zachary Grounds, and Tracey Dickinson. 
-- Photo courtesy of Yolo County.

On June 8, 2017, the California Board of State and Community Corrections awarded Yolo County a Proposition 47 grant in the amount of $5,968,215 (to be spent over a 38-month period) to expand its criminal justice diversion programs. The project, called Steps to Success, will be a collaborative effort between the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, Health and Human Services Agency, Probation Department, and Public Defender’s Office. The project is intended to reduce recidivism and advance the recovery of people involved in the criminal justice system who have a history of mental health and/or substance use disorders.

The project will provide supportive services of intensive case management, substance use disorder treatment, civil legal assistance, mental health services, and permanent housing assistance to individuals with a mental health and/or substance use disorder who are eligible for a local criminal justice diversion program, such as the District Attorney’s Neighborhood Court program.

This new project marks a significant expansion of services available to residents of Yolo County who are involved with the criminal justice system. Currently, the District Attorney’s Office offers several diversion programs for low-level offenders, but has limited capacity to provide direct supportive services to participants. The County hopes the increased provision of supportive services to participants in the local diversion programs will further advance participant rehabilitation and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

The Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency will be issuing several requests for proposals seeking community-based organizations to provide some of the direct services associated with the project, including: outreach and assessment; case management and treatment; civil legal services; and rapid re-housing assistance.

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Join Team Hope Walk

Source: Rick Reed PR  |  2017-06-13

Genetic Disaster or Uncertainty in Your Genes - Huntington’s Disease?

Individually, they battled ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. They all lost. ALS beat baseball great Lou Gehrig; Parkinson’s knocked down Muhammad Ali; Alzheimer’s erased rock music legend AC/DC founder Malcolm Young; and Huntington’s disease silenced Singer/Songwriter Woody Guthrie.

Called ‘the cruelest disease’ Huntington’s is like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Imagine! And many are unaware the HD is in their family history.

Neurological degeneration becomes the life of people impacted by the genetic disaster called Huntington’s disease or HD. Caused by a genetic mismatch many won’t know they carry within their makeup.

Local families are uniting to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow at the Team Hope Walk, William Land Park Saturday, June 24, 2017. The ninth annual walk in this beautiful setting helps raise awareness of HD, support for local families and funds for ongoing research to find treatment and a cure.

Often unknown before symptoms, Therese Crucher-Marin of Auburn and Dawn Doster of Fair Oaks have lived with Huntingon’s disease dedicating their lives to helping others understand the fate, learn about testing and help support local families thru the HDSA Sacramento Chapter. They are just two regional families talking about how Huntington’s changed their lives.

To learn more about HD, visit the chapter Website at http://northernca.hdsa.org/.

Registration costs are: Adults $25, Children $10. You receive a T- shirt when you register online. You can get information, register or donate at Sacramento, CA Team Hope Walk at https://hdsa.donordrive.com.

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Mayor Launches West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run at State of the City Address

Source: City of West Sacramento  |  2017-06-07

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon outlined the City of West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run last night during his annual state of the city address, with the goal of making West Sacramento the best place to have a child, raise a family and grow up as a kid.

“The City of West Sacramento has been able to recruit a diversity of employers and our residents are getting better skills through the West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run. We are preparing our youth for high growth, high wage entry level positions today, and bolstering our local workforce for years to come. We want to give every advantage to West Sacramento children, from cradle to college or career,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “The West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run does just that.”

Kids’ Home Run is an educational and jobs initiative that combines new and existing programs for youth ages four to eighteen. It consists of four base programs:

  1. A child reaches first base under Kids’ Home Run by enrolling in Universal Preschools for West Sacramento’s (UP4WS). Under UP4WS, each student will be connected to high-quality preschool education.
  2. Once a student graduates from a UP4WS preschool and enters kindergarten within the Washington Unified School District, he or she reaches second base, which provides access to a guaranteed college savings account of $50, with the goal of a match for a family deposit.

“This partnership is truly symbolic of an entire village coming together to raise and support our children throughout their educational journey to have the best chance at a successful future,” said Washington Unified Superintendent Linda C. Luna. “We have a unique opportunity in West Sacramento to not only transform our school district but our entire community into one that is a gateway to extraordinary possibilities for ALL children—the Kid’s Home Run is the perfect catalyst to ensure our continued success.”

  1. Third base gives access for West Sacramento high school students to paid internships in a relevant industry sector or job-type if they are enrolled in an integrated college and career pathway.

“High school students with internships in their field of study have a competitive advantage in landing jobs and will earn more in their lifetimes,” said FutureReady Executive Director Chris Worden. Employers who offer internships build our local workforce, support our high schools, and create a sustainable talent pipeline to their business. Future Ready facilitates internship matches between students in career pathways and our leading employers. In the process, West Sacramento will become a national leader at providing incentives for youth to gain the skills they need.”

  1. Finally, a student reaches home plate when he or she graduates from high school in West Sacramento and directly enrolls full-time for up to one year in a program of study at one of the Sacramento City College's three campuses. Tuition is fee free. Access to a scholarship of up to $1,000 will launch at a later date.

“This is an exciting time for Sacramento City College and the entire Los Rios Community College District. We are proud to partner with Mayor Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento on this innovative plan,” said Brian King, Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. “The West Sacramento College Promise, as a key part of the Kids’ Home Run, sends a clear message to young students that the cost of a college degree is no longer a barrier to reaching your goals. We hope to build on this partnership and hold it up as a model that can be replicated throughout the capital region.”

Students will be motivated in this process by the ability to earn digital badges, or virtual credentials that track their skills development. Student completion of badges will unlock new opportunities for them, such as preferential hiring for internships, and help determine how large of a scholarship each student receives.

 “With workforce development as a high-priority for the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, Kids Home Run knocks it out of the park for our kids, and our business community,” said West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce CEO Verna Sulpizio. “This initiative gives our Chamber members active involvement in the development and review of our career pathways so that the most relevant, industry specific, and timely academic programs will be provided to the students to best prepare them for college and entry level careers. With the Chamber’s ongoing participation, we will ensure that West Sacramento kids have the best opportunity possible to build their skills and be prepared for our ever-changing job market.”

The initiative begins in the summer of 2017 and is funded by a quarter percent sales tax revenue from ballot Measure E passed by 65% of West Sacramento voters in November, 2016. The measure helps fund potential areas of investment: repairing roads, building and maintaining bicycle/pedestrian trails, reducing homelessness and improving educational and career opportunities for youth, and enhancing internet access and use of smart technologies. The West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run is being implemented in partnership with the Washington Unified School District, FutureReady, a project of the West Sacramento Community Foundation, the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and the Los Rios Community College District.

For more information, please visit the Kids’ Home Run website at: www.cityofwestsacramento.org/residents/kids_home_run

The State of the City Address can be viewed on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEme1BDAtZE

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Father’s Day Message from Yolo County Child Support Services

Source: Yolo County Department of Child Support Services  |  2017-06-07

This Father's Day, the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services recognizes fathers who work hard to support the well-being and stability of their children.  Being a father is a responsibility with tremendous rewards yet not without challenges.

Research shows that children with involved fathers thrive and do better in school and in relationships.  Yolo County Child Support Services encourages fathers to participate in their children’s lives and to support their future.

Child Support Services offers several ways to help dads through the journey of fatherhood including, establishing paternity and child support orders, financial audits and record keeping.  Child Support Services also helps parents navigate the courts and legal process, whether one needs help modifying an existing order or just with questions about documents received.  The services are free to low cost and as a neutral party, not representing either parent, Yolo County Child Support Services can help parents through what can be a stressful and difficult process. 

For more information on Yolo County Child Support Services, visit: www.yolocountychildsupport.org.  Yolo County Child Support Services is located at 100 West Court Street in Woodland and can be reached at (530) 661-2864.

Supporting children creates irreplaceable relationships which shape their future.  Happy Father’s Day!

Yolo County Child Support’s mission is to promote the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by assisting both parents to meet the financial and medical needs of their children through the professional establishment and enforcement of child support orders.

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Yolo Community-Wide Garage Sale, June 17

Source: County of Yolo  |  2017-06-07

Join the town of Yolo for a community-wide garage sale on Saturday, June 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Over 20 homes will be hosting garage sales in Yolo, located five miles north of Woodland on I-5.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the library, located at 37750 Sacramento Street in Yolo, to pick up a map of the sale locations and to browse through the Friends of the Yolo Branch Library garage sale under the shade of the library’s trees. There will be books, furniture, clothing, tools, games, toys, baby items, housewares, holiday decorations, camping gear and other recreation equipment on offer. Other sale items include Western saddles and boots, antiques and vintage collectibles, plants, movies, and more.

All are welcome to attend this family-friendly event sponsored by the Friends of the Yolo Branch Library and the Yolo County Library. Proceeds from the Friends’ sale at the Library and donations from each of the participating homes will support library programs at the Yolo Branch Library; which serves the communities of Yolo, Zamora, Dunnigan and the surrounding areas. For more information about this event, contact Meg Sheldon at megxsheldon@gmail.com or call (916) 837-9171.

For more information about the Friends of the Yolo Branch Library visit: www.friendsofyololibrary.org or connect with the Friends on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofyololibrary.

No reservations are required and all programs are free. For more information about the Yolo County Library visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with the Library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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County Road 99W Between CR 88 and CR 1 Closing for Bridge Replacement

Source: County of Yolo  |  2017-06-07

Due to bridge removal and replacement over Buckeye Creek, County Road (CR) 99W from CR 88 to CR 1 (north of Dunnigan) will be closed to through traffic from June 9 and until December. Detour signs will direct motorists to alternate routes.

Access to properties along the closed section of the road will be provided at all times. This project will replace the existing structurally deficient bridge.

Construction costs are approximately $2,520,000 and will be funded with federal Highway Bridge Program funds. The low bid contractor is Viking Construction, from Rancho Cordova, California.

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The Jerrold B. Whitney/Clayton Pinkerton Fund, administered through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, has generously awarded the Yolo County Library $750 to increase the library’s holdings in the African American non-fiction genre. These additional materials will be housed in the Arthur F. Turner Community Library in West Sacramento where it will increase the available resources about African Americans, as well as works authored by African Americans.

“The contribution from the Jerrold B. Whitney/Clayton Pinkerton Fund will allow us to provide more materials that meet the diverse information needs of the West Sacramento community and Yolo County in general,” said Arthur F. Turner Community Librarian and Regional Manager Dana Christy.

For further details or assistance accessing the new collection, please contact the Arthur F. Turner Community Library at (916) 375-6465.

For information about the Yolo County Library, visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org where you will find library services including e-books, reading suggestion lists and other resources. Additional information about free programs, early literacy resources, and other library related news are also provided on the Yolo County Library’s Facebook and Pinterest.

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