The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday:
Approved a plan to consolidate eight programs run by the county Mental Health Department in one building at 500 N. Ninth St. in Modesto. The programs being consolidated are all located in Modesto. They are:
West Modesto Regional Services, 1100 Kansas Ave., providing mental health assessment, case management, therapy, medication management and substance abuse counseling for adults
Wellness Recovery Center, 920 12th St., providing recovery services including peer support and peer activities and groups
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Psychiatric Liaison Clinic at 920 12th St., providing psychiatrists and nurses to provide medication management for clients who don't need intensive levels of service
Integrated Forensics Team, 1720 G St., assisting clients with serious mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system
East Modesto Regional Services and Telecare Recovery Access Center/West Side Homeless Outreach Program, 1601 Yosemite Blvd., providing mental health treatment and medication management to adults, along with outreach, support, counseling and temporary housing for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness who have a mental illness
The Stanislaus County chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, 800 Scenic Drive, providing educational and recovery groups for clients and family members
The Stanislaus County Peer Advocacy Network, 800 Scenic Drive, providing support, activities and peer counseling for clients and family members
The consolidation will be more efficient through economies of scale and will provide easier access for clients, according to county staff.
A dispute over the length of the lease on the Kansas Avenue site caused Supervisors Jim DeMartini and Bill O'Brien to vote against the consolidation. The property owner said he committed to $122,000 in improvements to the building five years ago with the understanding that the county would lease the building for at least 10 years. The lease document, however, was for five years, with an option for the county to lease it for another five.
County Chief Executive Officer Rick Robinson was instructed to investigate what sort of promises county employees may have made verbally to the landlord. Robinson will report back to the board March 18.
Approved a draft action plan for $2.46 million in Community Development Block Grant money and $109,700 in Emergency Shelter Grant funds.
The money is divided between the county and the cities of Ceres, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson and Waterford, based on population and poverty levels. It has been earmarked for projects such as storm drains in Empire, work force development in Newman and Oakdale, revitalization strategies for unincorporated blighted areas, and streets and sidewalks in Oakdale.
The plan is open to public comment, and a public hearing will take place at 9:15 a.m. April 8.
Conducted a public hearing on forming the Salida Boulevard Landscape and Lighting District. The 52 parcels within the proposed district would pay an assessment to maintain landscaping in the area around a $2.8 million improvement project along Salida Boulevard. The assessments would range from $247 to $4,271, depending on the size of the parcel and frontage on the boulevard.
Ballots on forming the district will be counted today.
-- Tim Moran