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Aging and Adult Services

Sharon Nevins appointed Director of Aging and Adult Services

sharon-nevinsSharon Nevins, a licensed social worker with a wealth of knowledge and experience, has been appointed as Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Nevins has been the interim director of the department, which includes the Office of the Public Guardian, since October 2016. As the sworn Public Guardian, Nevins manages the affairs of people deemed by a judge to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances.
“I am honored to be able to serve our County’s seniors and adults in this new position and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our state, county, and community stakeholders to improve the quality of life of those we serve,” said Nevins.
Nevins began her career with San Bernardino County in 2012 as a deputy director for the Department of Behavioral Health following a 22-year career with the California Department of Mental Health. While with County Behavioral Health, she authored, implemented and managed more than $30-million in grant-funded programs with various agencies and stakeholders. Additionally, she led the design, development and implementation of several innovative National Association of Counties award-winning programs.
Nevins is a licensed clinical social worker and holds dual master’s degrees in social work and public administration from Ohio State University. During her tenure at the state, Nevins promoted from social worker to clinical administrator for Patton State Hospital and, more recently, served as the executive director of Metropolitan State Hospital.
“Sharon brings with her nearly three decades of experience in the field of social work and health care services administration,” said CaSonya Thomas, Assistant Executive Officer, Human Services. “For the past six months, she has led the staff of Aging and Adult Services and served as our County’s Public Guardian. We look forward to her continued service.”

Government Works: Providing freedom through transportation

Final Government Works StampDid you know the Department of Aging and Adult Services teamed up with Valley Transportation Services to provide people in need with transportation?

The Transportation Reimbursement Escort Program provides help to seniors, people with disabilities and people of low income who reside in rural areas of San Bernardino County.

The focus of the program is to allow qualified seniors and persons with disabilities to hire their own volunteer drivers to provide necessary escort transportation when they are unable to drive and use other forms of transportation.
The participant-hired drivers are paid directly by the participant with funds they receive through this program. TREP provides access to necessary medical care and travel to other life-enriching activities. Individuals apply for the program and are qualified using the criteria of limited mobility or lack of public transit.  Clients are then eligible for a predetermined amount of mileage per month, depending on their particular needs.

TREP is available in all rural areas of the county, excluding the cities of Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley and will soon be expanding into the San Bernardino Valley.

The Department of Aging and Adult Services and Valley Transportation Services of Upland were recognized for their efforts with a 2014 National Association of Counties Achievement Award.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Government Works: Increased training on elder abuse for law enforcement

Final Government Works StampDid you know the Department of Aging and Adult Services came up with a way to raise awareness about elder abuse for law enforcement officers?

The department created a two-sided pocket-sized accordion style card that provides officers with penal codes applicable to elder and dependent abuse. Having a quick reference on hand allows officers to file proper charges against alleged perpetrators .

Social workers provide the informational card and training directly to local law enforcement at law enforcement departmental meetings.

Through the use of the Law Enforcement Information Card and associated training, there has been increased participation in elder and dependent abuse investigations by local law enforcement agencies and improved relationships between social workers and law enforcement.

Just recently, the National Association of Counties recognized Aging and Adult Services with an Achievement Award for the program.

Click here to view the P.C. 368 Law Enforcement Card.

This is an example of how Government Works.

 

 

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