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Week Ahead: New state funding formula focus of local school districts

During the Nevada County Board of Education meeting this week, it was decided after a contentious discussion that $300,000 of the $750,000 new money received this year from the state would go toward the hire of staff to guide teachers in the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan, part of the new Local Control Funding Formula.

The funding will also assist school districts in the implementation of Common Core standards, along with the preparation and implementation of school safety plans for safe learning environments. The funding would also contribute to the salary of a behavior specialist to assist teachers with behavior management of students.

For the full story, check out Staff Writer Jennifer Terman’s report in Monday’s The Union.

Outreach to Emergency Department Program

In Tuesday’s edition of The Union, Community Reporter Cory Fisher writes about a new program in which trained peer counselors from SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center will offer direct, immediate support to people in mental health crisis at the Emergency Department of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH-ED).

The pilot program will place trained peer counselors at the SNMH-ED, working with the Crisis Team from Nevada County Behavioral Health, in coordination with the hospital. Crisis Peers will be available on call 4-10 p.m. daily. Peer counselors will also provide follow up phone calls to assist people as they connect with community services and hope to avoid a repeat visit to the Emergency Department.

The pilot program, funded by the California state Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), gained final approval by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 11, 2012, after an extended process of review by a variety of community groups.

Child Advocates celebrates 20 years of Nevada County service

On Thursday, Staff Writer Jennifer Terman offers an look inside Child Advocates of Nevada County and its and its Child Safety Puppeteer program, in which high school students share safety tips with elementary school students through puppet shows.

Child Advocates of Nevada County, which also sponsors the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program as well as the Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies and Welcome Baby programs, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

A special fundraising event “Hearts & Hands” is scheduled for Nov. 15, featuring founding Executive Director Bobbie Swanson and the music of Lorraine Gervais, at the Miners Foundry.

For more information on the work of Child Advocates of Nevada County, as well as the upcoming event, be sure to catch Thursday’s edition of The Union.

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