Which do you want first? The bad news or the good news?
What we feared has come to pass: Public Health Director Mimi Hall submitted her letter of resignation to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors and will take over the helm of Yolo County’s public health department beginning July 24. Lucky Yolo County. It’s no secret that we are big fans of Hall’s work; we even recommended that the supervisors make her the county administrative officer.
Hall had her choice of positions; other counties were vying for her services. She ultimately chose Yolo for its progressive approach to health and for its relative proximity to Plumas, where her family will remain, at least for now.
Hall’s devotion to promoting health and wellness has left an indelible imprint. Not only did she rejuvenate the county’s public health department — leading it from the brink of insolvency to the financially secure organization that it is today — she put into place a number of programs, and assembled a team that will be able to carry on the work even after she leaves. She provided the supervisors with a transition plan to ensure that her departure would minimize any impact.
But there’s no way that her leaving won’t impact this county. She ran her own department, as well as brought her expertise to other county agencies when they found themselves without leadership for a variety of reasons. And beyond that, she worked with the hospitals, community members, nonprofit groups and others to promote health and wellbeing for all Plumas County residents. Nowhere is that more visible than in the 20,000 Lives program that built unique partnerships throughout the county. She also stepped in to lend expertise at critical junctures such as when the skilled nursing facility in Quincy closed and Plumas District Hospital considered taking it over. Hall spent countless hours behind the scenes trying to aid the hospital in that endeavor.
Hall truly will be missed.
Now for some good news: Plumas County will receive $1 million from the Board of State and Community Corrections from Prop. 47 funds. In this first round of funding, the state had $19 million to distribute. Of the 58 entities that applied, 24 were selected. It was a competitive process and Plumas received the maximum amount that it could and was one of only three entities north of Sacramento to receive the award.
The grant was submitted by Stephanie Tanaka, the Alternative Sentencing program manager, and signed by a host of criminal justice partners and other agencies. At least 50 percent of the funding must be must subcontracted with non-governmental community organizations and Plumas’ application committed to 70 percent. The funds are designed to reduce recidivism by providing those released from jail with the services they need to be successful.
We applaud the coordinated effort it took to secure those funds. This comes on the heels of the $25 million awarded to Plumas County to build a new jail. According to Sheriff Greg Hagwood, one of the reasons that grant application succeeded was because of the emphasis on providing inmate services both in the jail itself and in a separate out building that will function much like the current day reporting center.
Congratulations to all involved for a job well done. The award could help individuals turn their lives around and keep all Plumas County residents safer.