Nevada County Community Services Block Grant public hearing scheduled for April 20 |

Nevada County Community Services Block Grant public hearing scheduled for April 20

Nevada County Health & Human Services Agency, Department of Social Services and the Adult & Family Services Commission will be convening a public hearing to solicit input on the needs of low-income populations in Nevada County.

The hearing will be held from 1-3 p.m. Monday. April 20, in the Empire Room at the Eric Rood Administration Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

In a press release, officials said interested residents, including representatives from community nonprofits, are invited to participate and share their views regarding the needs of low-income populations.

Information gathered at this hearing will contribute to the needs assessment process required as a part of the 2016/2017 Community Action Plan (CAP), the press release added.

The CAP is part of the application process for ongoing Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding.

Comments may be directed to the broad issues of poverty, unemployment, educational attainment, health, nutrition, housing, homelessness and crime. Supporting data is encouraged.

In a media release, county officials said a sign-up sheet for speakers will be provided at the door.

The Department has requested that all who speak complete their information in writing by accessing the Input Form at the following link:

Those who are unable to attend this meeting and would like to share their input in written form are encouraged to complete the Input Form at the same link and email to

In addition, information may be obtained by calling 530-265-1645. All comments should be received no later than 5 p.m. April 20.

MHSA-funded program targets suicide prevention for Nevada County high school youth

In 2013, responding to the need for suicide prevention efforts for county teens, “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” began providing mental health screenings at all Nevada Joint Union High School District and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District high schools.

In order to screen a youth, the parents have to consent to the screening. If a youth is found to be at risk for dangerous behavior or is feeling suicidal, the parents are contacted immediately.

The screeners will work with the parents to find a treatment provider that the parents approve.

The program uses the TeenScreen model, an evidence-based screening tool developed by Columbia University to identify indicators of mental health symptoms and risk factors for suicide.

The screenings are voluntary, confidential and free of cost for participants, according to a press release.

Recognizing research that indicates that 10th grade has the highest rate of suicide completion of all the teen years, “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” targets 9th and 10th graders, while also providing screening to any student in need.

As of March 2015, the program has screened 742 students. Of these, 192 students have received case-management services resulting in treatment connections, crisis intervention or other help.

They have also been able to provide important mental health education to all students screened, thus facilitating increased awareness and stigma reduction among high school students.

Tackling an important program objective to increase the availability of the screens for high school youth, outreach efforts have resulted in more than twice the number of students to screen during this year.

“What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” is funded from the Mental Health Services Act funds via Nevada County Behavioral Health.

Join “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, where 15 percent of all dinner proceeds are donated to the program.

For additional information about the “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups” program, visit:

Annual California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions workshop to be held in Nevada County

Nevada County welcomes the California Local Agency Formation Commissions, which will hold its annual staff workshop here April 15-17.

The annual CALAFCO Staff Workshop is attended by up to 100 LAFCo staff members from every county in California.

The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn Express and at the Courtyard Suites in Grass Valley, with one evening banquet at the Miners’ Foundry in Nevada City.

According to a press release, this is excellent news for Nevada County tourism venues, which will see business midweek during the pre-summer season.

Nevada County Director of Human Resources Charlie Wilson will serve as one of the education session presenters, sharing his perspective on how speakers can make effective presentations.

LAFCos are local agencies established in every California county by the State legislature to encourage the orderly formation of local governmental agencies, ensure efficient public services, preserve agricultural and open space land resources, and to discourage urban sprawl.

Founded in 1971, CALAFCO ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting its membership with educational and technical resources.

It also provides statewide coordination of LAFCo activities, serving as a resource to the Legislature and other bodies, and offering a structure for sharing information among the various LAFCos and other governmental agencies it serves.

Supervisor Hank Weston has served as chairman of the Nevada County LAFCo since June 2007.

“I am so pleased to be able to show off our wonderful county to a new group of visitors. Hopefully they will come back and spend more time exploring the are,” he said.

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