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$1.7 Million Grant Funds Crisis Triage

The Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health has been awarded the first of the grants available under Senate Bill 82 (Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013).  The $1.7 million grant over four years is monitored by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and will fund crisis triage personnel.  Yolo County’s proposal received the highest score statewide with 960 points out of a possible 1,000.

The Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health submitted its response to this grant opportunity with a proposal to fund crisis personnel, including clinicians and peer counselors providing services in the community.  Yolo County proposes to put in place clinical staff to accompany law enforcement on crisis calls and peer counselors throughout the community to provide support following a crisis, including assistance engaging in a crisis plan, navigating the system of services and supporting recovery needs.

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' Winning Dish to be announced this Thursday Feb. 6

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' Winning Dish to be announced this Thursday Feb. 6

This week's 'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' poll asked News10 viewers to decide what the News10 Good Morning crew will be eating this Friday, Feb. 7 during our 5 and 6 a.m. live newscasts.

Co-anchor Dan Elliott and traffic anchor Melissa Crowley will be enjoying breakfast and meeting local residents at Carol's Restaurant in West Sacramento. 

Reminder: Another Yolo County Free Flu Vaccine Opportunity Feb. 5

The Yolo County Health Department, in partnership with the West Sacramento Fire Department and the City of West Sacramento, is offering another special free flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, located at 1110 W. Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

The predominant flu virus this season is H1N1 which disproportionately affects younger adults, children, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women.  In 2009, H1N1 did not follow the traditional flu season months of November through March.  While it is too early to determine how long the flu season will last, there is still time for those who have not gotten their flu vaccine to do so through their healthcare provider, pharmacy or through the Yolo County Health Department. 

Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Launches NIXLE Community Information Service

Sheriff Ed Prieto is pleased to announce the implementation of a new communications service (NIXLE) that allows the Sheriff’s Office to send important, valuable community information directly to residents who subscribe to the FREE service.

Using NIXLE, the Sheriff’s Office can create and publish messages which can be delivered to registered residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com. Messages may include important advisories, missing person alerts, real time emergency information, suspect descriptions, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.

Health Department Receives Funding to Prepare for National Accreditation

The Yolo County Health Department has been awarded $35,000 to support its progress in meeting the requirements of the Public Health Accreditation Board, the first and only voluntary national accreditation program for public health departments.  The department is one of 29 local health departments to receive this funding through the Accreditation Support Initiative.  A total of 147 local health departments, from 19 states, of all sizes and types and ranging from rural to urban applied for this funding.

The Accreditation Support Initiative was created in 2011 to promote national accreditation readiness among a greater number of local health departments and to support their varying needs to reach accreditation.  Funding for the initiative is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, and is administered by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Yolo County Community Garden Now Accepting Applications

Yolo County Community Garden Now Accepting Applications

This past fall, Yolo County dedicated the Hannah and Herbert Bauer Community Garden, located adjacent to the Herbert Bauer Health and Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Building at 137 N. Cottonwood Avenue in Woodland.  The county is now accepting applications for garden plot rentals. 

The community garden is a quarter-acre plot of land that has multiple garden areas, including one for children, a demonstration garden and a community garden and orchard.  Twenty-five plots are available for rent for one year starting on March 1, to Woodland individuals, families or groups who wish to grow produce or flowers.  No plot fees are required; just a small refundable deposit and a required garden maintenance/education time commitment. 

Another Flu Vaccine Opportunity - Feb. 5, 4:00-8:00 p.m., West Sac City Hall

The Yolo County Health Department is offering a fourth special free flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, located at 1110 W. Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.