Solano County

County passes mental health contracts

By From page A4 | August 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors spent more than $17.5 million Tuesday – and spent it quickly.

Supervisors had several proposed contracts on their consent calendar. The consent calendar allows supervisors to pass a number of items considered routine with a single vote, instead of  taking up each item separately.

One item approved 12 contracts for the Health and Social Services Department totaling $14.6 million. To put that in perspective, Suisun City has a budget of about $10 million for its day-to-day operations. County Health and Social Services has a budget of about $289 million.

All of these contracts are for behavioral health services as outlined in the county’s Integrated Mental Health Services Act Plan. The services are designed to improve mental health for seniors, traumatized children, adolescent and young adults with mental health conditions, the homeless and seniors, a county report said.

For example, a $1.4 million contract with the Area Agency on Aging is to provide community education and short-term case management and treatment for older adults experiencing depression or loss, the report said. A $2.9 million contract with Caminar is to provide treatment to adults with serious and persistent mental illness so they can remain in the community, rather than being put in an institution.

Other contracts are $966,000 with A Better Way, $1.3 million with Aldea Children and Family Services, $1.8 million with Bay Area Community Services, $185,420 with Faith in Action, $1.6 million with Seneca Family of Agencies, $1.2 million with Caminar, $1 million with Caminar, $1.1 million with Solano Network of Mental Health Consumers, $960,000 with Children’s Nurturing Project and $72,917 with Caminar.

Money comes from state funds, not the county general fund. Statewide voters in 2004 passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, to get money for mental health services from a 1 percent tax on millionaires.

Another agenda item involved six contracts totaling about $3 million for early childhood mental health services. The First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission recommended Board of Supervisors approval.

The contracts are $1.3 million with Children’s Nurturing Project, $971,833 with EMQ Families First, $221,000 with Child Haven, $155,833 with Solano Family and Children’s Services, $127,500 with Youth and Family Services and $198,333 with Aldea Children and Family Services.

Again, no money  will come  from the county general fund.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • clancyAugust 13, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Does this mean these people wandering our streets that are clearly mentally I'll will get help now?

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