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From psych evaluations to Zip Book funds, Supervisors approve consent agenda

Once again members of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors handled many department heads’ requests with the stroke of a pen and a nod.

Supervisors approved requests under the consent agenda Tuesday, June 4.

Psych evaluations

Supervisors approved a contract between the Plumas County Department of Social Services and April Bay Ph.D. for psychological evaluation for parents involved in the Child Welfare system.

“When children come into the Child Welfare system because they have been abused or neglected, the Juvenile Court may, at its discretion, determine that there is a need for a psychological evaluation of the child’s parent(s),” explained Social Services Director Neal Caiazzo.

While services in Plumas County Behavioral Health are used for evaluations, Caiazzo said that under some circumstances Social Services staff must seek evaluation from outside the county. “This could occur, for example, if the county Behavioral Health Department has a conflict because they’ve had prior contact with the family for other reasons,” he explained.

Bay is one such independent contractor who has worked with Plumas County Department of Social Services in past years.

Caiazzo also asked that Supervisors authorize him to approve up to three additional extensions of the agreement with Bay as each one ends.

Bay charges $3,000 for each complex parental capacity evaluation. There is an additional fee of $250 each for additional children involved. The maximum compensation for the current term is not to exceed $15,000, Caiazzo explained.

This funding is available through the department’s budget appropriation for profession services.

Positions to fill

Caiazzo also requested filling a vacant position for a social services aid soon.

“This position is critical to public safety and the safety of children as this position is assigned a support role in Child Protective Services unit,” he said.

The position became open when the prior employee was promoted to another position.

Funding for the position comes from the 2011 Public Safety Realignment of Child Protective Services.

This is a full-time, mandated position. For more information contact Plumas County Human Resources.

Caiazzo also requested approval to fill a vacant position for an eligibility specialist I/II position soon.

This position became available May 20 when the individual who held that position moved from Plumas County, Caiazzo explained in his background material.

The eligibility specialist is in charge of eligibility determinations and ongoing case management for assistance programs such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal and the county general assistance. “As your board is aware, demands for these programs have been high due to the expansion of the Medicaid Program and due to the recessionary economy,” Caiazzo said. “While some of these elements have shown positive signs of change, it is the department’s expectation that our need for BACs (benefit assistance counselors) will remain in place for some time.”

Funds for the position come from federal, state and realignment sources. It is funded and doesn’t rely on the county’s general fund.

Election results

Measure A from the West Almanor Community Services District has received its certification of election results by Plumas County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Kathy Williams.

Williams has completed the canvass of returns from that May 7 special election.

The official count was 126 voting yes for the measure and 20 voting against it.

The measure passed because it received the required two-thirds vote. The total turnout of voters in that district was 72.29 percent, according to Williams.

Wellness centers payment

A final payment of $3,971.68 was approved by Supervisors. The funding was from Plumas County Behavioral Health to Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center.

The invoice was for January through April for the Wellness Centers.

Behavioral Health staff provides clinical services, wellness activities and resource support to Wellness Centers in Chester and Greenville, according to Behavioral Health Director Tony Hobson.

PCIRC pays costs associated with rent, utilities, phones and consumables.

Funding for the Wellness Centers comes from Mental Health Services Act Community Services and Supports.

Encroachment permit

An encroachment permit request by the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce for the Mohawk Valley Events Fourth of July activities was approved.

The annual events are Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 in and around Graeagle.

The Supervisors voiced no objections to Caltrans issuing the permit.

Zip Book funding

Plumas County Librarian Lindsay Fuchs requested approval of the Zip Book allocated amount of $6,000 from North Net.

A portion of that funding, $800 is to be used for the remainder of the current fiscal year and the remaining $5,200 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Fuchs explained.

Through Zip Books, library patrons have an opportunity to request books not currently found in the Plumas County Library collection.

Purchases are made through Amazon and sent directly to the patron. These requests are then returned to the library to add to the collection.

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