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Public input sought for Behavioral Health report

The County’s Draft Mental Health Services Act (MHSA, Prop. 63) Annual Update will be posted for public comment from March 20, 2015 through April 20, 2015. The public is invited to review the draft report and provide feedback on the comment forms, posted in English and Spanish. The report and comment forms are located at www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.

“I encourage all interested parties to participate in this community planning process,” stated CaSonya Thomas, the County’s Behavioral Health Director. “The annual update process is something that occurs every year and we are always trying to improve the services provided and the way we work with community partners.”Behavioral Health_ full color_Alternate Config (2)

County Behavioral Health, through the MHSA, is supporting the Countywide Vision by providing behavioral health services and ensuring residents have the resources they need to promote wellness, recovery and resilience in the community. Information on the Countywide Vision and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

County Behavioral Health has leveraged resources provided through the MHSA to expand existing behavioral health services. The services are geared to target the unserved, underserved and inappropriately served members of our community.  Programs provided through MHSA are approved annually by the Board of Supervisors after a comprehensive stakeholder process and public review and approval by the San Bernardino County Behavioral Health Commission.

There are several components of the MHSA including Community Services and Supports, Prevention and Early Intervention, Workforce Education and Training, Capital Facilities, Technology and Innovation.

The Annual Update provides an overview of the outcomes related to each MHSA program and goes over the proposed changes for these components in the upcoming fiscal year.

The MHSA was passed by the California voters in November, 2004, and went into effect January, 2005. The Act is funded by a1percent tax surcharge on personal income over $1 million per year.

Financial literacy classes now available on Saturdays

Begin the new year by learning how to secure your financial future!

Do you know that no matter how small your income, you can save for your future and budget for your current needs?

Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board (IFHMB) is offering financial literacy classes and has added Saturday classes.  Deposit your budget for investment

Classes will be held at IFHMB’s Ontario office located at 1500 South Haven Avenue, Suite 100.  Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish. The classes are free of charge.

The topics to be covered include:

• budgeting

• borrowing

• savings

• credit repair and wise use of credit

• financial recovery

• homeownership

Click here for details or visit the IFHMB website at http://ifhmb.com/.


County employee recognized for effort leading to lower business fees

Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist Kristen Riegel with the County’s Office of the Fire Marshal was honored Thursday night for her role in a project that led to a reduction in fees for many county businesses.

OFM PATCHRiegel was recognized during the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s Second Annual Red Tape to Red Carpet Awards Reception as the runner up in the Leadership Award for Public Service Category. The IEEP’s mission includes  improving the overall quality of life in the Inland Empire through education, transportation, health care, communication, and raising the standard of living in the region.

Riegel was recognized for leading a team of Hazardous Materials Specialists in completely revamping the Fire Marshal’s fee structure. One new component of the fee structure was based on risk. As a result, approximately 20 percent of regulated businesses in San Bernardino County received a reduction in their fees because they generate low amounts of toxic waste while storing small numbers of hazardous materials. These small businesses experienced the most economic benefit.

Riegel’s efforts embody the County’s job of  creating a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being and the Countywide Vision’s goal of establishing San Bernardino County as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.


Public input sought during renewable energy listening session

sb_cologo-full_colorThe Land Use Services Department will continue to solicit public input on the future of renewable energy development throughout the County’s unincorporated areas during a special listening session from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 5.

For the last several months, the San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy and Conservation (SPARC) has held 10 public meetings and events to encourage people to help Land Use Services develop a Renewable Energy Element Framework for the County’s General Plan. The County seeks to strengthen its policies and regulatory system to manage renewable energy development while protecting our environment, communities, residents and economy.

The listening session will begin with an overview of the County’s planning progress and priorities from Planning Director Terri Rahhal, followed by public comments on the Element Framework and Outline.

The Element Framework and Outline can be found online at www.sbcounty.gov/main/renewable.pdf.

“Proper planning will allow us to find the balance between development and preservation.  While we agree that renewable energy sources are both beneficial and necessary, we must determine where those projects fit best within our county,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “On March 5th, I encourage residents to provide their input into how our county will deal with renewable energy development.  The County is here to listen.”

“Renewable energy can significantly impact local communities, so these projects need to be carefully located. That’s why I encourage residents to share their thoughts and concerns during this process,” said First District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood.

The listening session will be the third round of public exchange on the County General Plan Renewable Energy Element process. Additional public workshops will follow in the spring.

The March 5 listening session will be conducted at:

Covington Chambers

County Government Center, First Floor

385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino

During the session, the public can participate via videoconferencing at:

• Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center

15900 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia

• Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center

63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree


Come out for Ranchero Day at the County Museum

balletfolkloricomuseumMusic, dance, crafts, and learning will highlight Ranchero Day at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, February 28. The program is designed to complement the museum’s newest exhibit, “Turn Left at the Rockies,” by focusing on the ranchos that hosted the first mountain men to enter southern California in the 1820s and 1830s. Family activities, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. are included with paid museum admission.

Dancers from Ballet Folklorico Cultural of San Bernardino will perform traditional dances during the afternoon. Children will have a chance to make adobe bricks, create tissue paper blossoms, and decorate maracas. Families can test their skills by working together to load a “mule,” and kids can “gear up” by dressing up and equipping themselves like a mountain man.

“Ranchero Day is a focused but traditional Family Fun Day,” said Jolene Redvale, the museum’s curator of education. “Our goal is to offer activities that promote learning and interaction among families and visitors while having a great time.”

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

200 rescued dogs available to loving homes starting Monday

Nearly 200 dogs that have been at the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter in Devore as part of an animal cruelty, neglect and abandonment investigation will be available for adoption beginning Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Some of the dogs will be taken to the Upland Animal Shelter, Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter and Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA  in Pomona.weim

The following dogs will be available at the following shelters:

​– Upland Animal Shelter – (909-931-4185) ​Cocker Spaniels (7) ​Weimaraners (11)

– Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter – (909-466-7387) ​Bulldogs (8) ​goldGolden Retrievers (18)

– ​Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA (909-623-9777) ​Labradors (16) ​Poodles (10) (miniature, toy, and standard) ​

– San Bernardino County Devore Animal Shelter – (909-386-9820) ​Monday – Dogue De Bordx(3), Shihtzu(2), Chihuahua (31), Yorkshire Terrier (11)  (total of 47) ​Tuesday – American Eskimo (10), Lhasa Apso (10), Maltese (28) (total of 48) ​Wednesday – Pomeranian (26), Schnauzer (12), and Terrier (10) (total of 48)

See more at http://youtu.be/iHKhJZmtViA.

County reaches out to homeless and low income families in Needles

DBH_Version2_FullColorThe San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership is hosting Project Connect to help homeless and low-income residents in need.

The event will be held on March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at El Garces Train Depot, 950 Front Street in Needles.

The purpose of Project Connect is to provide a centralized location where nonprofit medical and social service providers collaborate to provide services to low-income and homeless individuals and families.

At the event, there will be free dental care, family support, housing support services, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI information, legal advice, employment services and more. Additional educational information regarding other available county services and resources will also be provided.

For more information about this event or other Project Connect outreach events, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

Public Health: Additional potential public exposure to measles

DPH_Version2_FullColorSan Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed nine cases of measles within the County as of February 18, 2015. These cases are either initial exposures or linked as secondary cases in conjunction with the recent outbreak associated with California Disneyland theme parks. It is possible that San Bernardino County residents may have been exposed to measles since one of the confirmed cases visited public places while infectious.

Additional potential exposure location and time:

Target, 27320 West Lugonia Avenue Redlands, CA 92374

o Sunday, February 8, 2015 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

o Friday, February 13, 2015 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Sushi Mac, 7243 Boulder Avenue Highland, CA 92346

o Sunday, February 8, 2015 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Walmart, 4210 E. Highland Avenue Highland, CA 92346

o Sunday, February 8, 2015 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Loma Linda University Medical Center, 7223 Church Street Suite C-1 Highland, CA 92346

o Monday, February 9, 2015 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

o Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

o Thursday, February 12, 2015 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Loma Linda University Medical Center- Lab, 11370 Anderson Street Loma Linda, CA 92354

o Tuesday, February 10, 2015 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

o Thursday, February 12, 2015 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Dollar Tree, 25670 Redlands Blvd. Redlands, CA 92354

o Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

o Friday, February 13, 2015 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Parliament Chocolate, 16 East Redlands Blvd. Redlands, CA 92373

o Friday, February 13, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Trader Joe’s, 552 Orange Street Redlands, CA 92374

o Friday, February 13, 2015 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears.

The Department of Public Health has been working with the places listed above to contact people who may have been exposed to these cases. As a precaution, people who were in the locations above, around the same time as the individual with measles should:

• Monitor themselves for illness with fever and/or an unexplained rash from 7 days to 21 days after their exposure (the time period when symptoms may develop); if symptoms develop, stay at home and call a health care provider immediately or the DPH at 1-800-722-4794.

• Do not visit a health care provider without first notifying them of your potential exposure.

Measles is a rare disease in the United States and in regions of the world where vaccination coverage is high. Maintaining high vaccination rates is vital to prevent outbreaks of disease in our community. Given the recent cases identified here and in other jurisdictions in Southern California, additional cases are expected and vaccination is key in preventing infection from future exposures.

For more information about measles, please call San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Section at 1-800-722-4794, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

County sponsors bill to further protect children from sex offenders

sb_cologo-full_colorSan Bernardino County sponsored Senate Bill 267 which was introduced today by Senator Connie M. Leyva to strengthen the ability of cities and counties to build upon existing protections from sex offenders.

The bill was introduced in response to a recent court ruling that limits the ability of local jurisdictions on California from further statutorily protecting children from dangerous sex offenders.

SB 267 would help to limit registered sex offenders’ potential contact with children by equipping local jurisdictions with the legal tools necessary to restrict offenders from living or being present at certain locations within the local agency’s jurisdiction. The bill seeks to supplement existing law by granting local municipalities the authority to impose additional restrictions on the known locations where registered sex offenders may live and frequent.

As the bill’s sponsor, the County of San Bernardino highlights the urgent need for this legislation.

“The Board knows how to protect the most vulnerable people in our county.  We want to return control back to local jurisdictions,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.  “I thank Senator Leyva for introducing this legislation to allow our local governments to make decisions affecting our residents.”

Last year, the 4th Appellate District Court of Appeals, Division 3 ruled that local jurisdictions are preempted by state law from enacting tougher restrictions on the presence of sex offenders, which limits the ability of local leaders from keeping children and residents safe depending on the unique safety needs of local communities.

“With over 3,400 registered sex offenders in San Bernardino County and over 80,000 offenders living in communities throughout California, SB 267 is a common sense measure that arms local leaders with the necessary tools to help further protect vulnerable children and residents from these predators,” Senator Leyva said.  “As a mother and a lifelong advocate for safer communities, I am proud to introduce this legislation that seeks to keep children away from harm and minimizes the possibility for contact between perpetrators and potential victims.  SB 267 is critically important legislation since it protects our children while also empowering local leaders and authorities on these important public safety issues.”

SB 267 has not yet been assigned to a Senate policy committee for consideration.

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