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Better Together: Behavioral Health Creates New Supportive Housing Opportunities

Adult Behavioral Health currently supports 136 individuals with housing through a variety of housing programs. Behavioral Health is continuously looking to create additional supportive housing opportunities for individuals in need, and has recently signed a new master lease contract with non-profit agency, Nevada County Housing Development Corporation. This new supportive housing opportunity will allow Behavioral Health to provide housing for 6 more clients who are experiencing chronic homelessness in our community.

Behavioral Health’s housing programs offer varying levels of support, tailored to meet the needs of the individual.  The goal of these programs is to support long-term housing by helping individuals maintain their housing through supportive services geared toward self-sufficiency.  Services may include independent living skills training, budget management services, substance abuse education and treatment, assistance with problem solving and interpersonal skills, psychiatric services, medication support, assistance to obtaining and maintaining benefits and entitlements (including social security income), linkage to education and employments resources, linkage to community resources and activities, individual and group therapy, and linkage to transportation resources.

There are different levels of housing support available to accommodate each individual’s needs.  Residential programs provide 24/7 support and the most intensive level of services. Behavioral Health currently houses 16 clients in our residential programs.

Individuals can also receive housing support through master leases and Housing Choice Vouchers, or HUD vouchers. Master leases and HUD vouchers are commonly used for individuals who are experiencing chronic homelessness with mental health disabilities. The master leased units and vouchered units are located in various sites in the community and include a shared single family residence, a 9 unit apartment building that houses 11 individuals, and individual cabins and units. Master leases involve a non-profit agency, either Nevada County Housing Development Corporation or Turning Point Community Programs, holding the lease and then sub-leasing to the individual housing program clients. Currently, 51 individuals receive housing through HUD vouchers and master leases, which will increase to 57 individuals with the new master lease contract.

Behavioral Health also continues to support clients who hold the housing lease in their own name. These clients are supported with targeted case management services designed to maintain housing and living independently. Behavioral Health currently provides this level of support to 69 individuals to maintain their independent living situations.

In partnership with non-profits like Nevada County Housing Development Corporation and Turning Point Community Programs, Behavioral Health is continually looking for additional housing opportunities to provide increased housing for clients. Under the master lease program, landlords can lease their property to the partner non-profit and the non-profit will sublease the housing to homeless individuals. The non-profit also acts as a liaison between the client, County, and landlord. Additionally, tenants receive support and ongoing case management services to support independent living.

For more information on eligibility criteria or the master lease program, please contact Suzanne McMaster at (530) 470-2411. 

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Board Approves 17/18 Community Partnership Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted the Probation Department's Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) Plan for the 17/18 fiscal year.

The Community Corrections Partnership was established by the California Community Corrections Incentives Act of 2009 (SB 678).  Assembly Bill 109 (AB109) expanded the role of the CCP, through the establishment of an Executive Committee which is chaired by the Chief Probation Officer, with representation from the Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender, local Chief of Police, Health and Human Services Agency Director and a Superior Court representative. The CCP provides planning, oversight, implementation, and assessment of Realignment in Nevada County.

Since the start of Nevada County's CCP Program, Nevada County's recidivism rate has reduced significantly, from 50% in 2010 to 10% for AB109 offenders on average over the last 5 years. The significant drop in recidivism is attributed to a combination of supervision, treatment, and allowing pro-social opportunities through split sentences, a period of custody followed by a period of supervision. Data has proven this method to be more cost effective and effective in reducing recidivism than keeping AB109 offenders in custody.

Nevada County Probation uses a multi-pronged approach during supervision periods, collaborating with therapists from Nevada County Behavioral Health, eligibility workers from Nevada County Social Services, and with many local organizations and programs such as Nevada Union Adult Education, Common Goals, CoRR, Alliance for Workforce Development, Sierra Community College, Victor Community Support Services, and most recently the Results First initiative to provide treatment and pro-social opportunities during this time.

For more information about Probation's Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) visit the Probation Department's website.

Community Preparedness Day, October 7th

Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services and Public Health: Emergency Preparedness are hosting an Emergency Preparedness Day on October 7th in collaboration with the Grass Valley Police Department, Grass Valley Fire Department, Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team, and Amateur Radio Emergency Services. The FREE all-day event, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will be at the Grass Valley Fire Department Station 2 and lunch will be provided.

Learn how different public safety agencies interact during times of emergencies, and what you can do to prepare yourself and your family through interactive activities. The event will include an emergency vehicle demonstration, how you can medically prepare to yourself for an evacuation, how to protect your pets in an emergency, review of emergency communications using radio when internet is not available, and a wildland hoselay and a hoist operation demonstration. Please remember to dress comfortably with sturdy shoes.

Claim your spot by RSVPing to Sharon at (530) 265-1229.

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Community Recidivism Reduction Grant Now Accepting Applications

Nevada County's Probation Department is now issuing a Request for Letters of Intent, or a call for applications, for the Community Recidivism Grant.

The grant's funding is allocated to, "enhance and strengthen a successful project or program currently in operation, or to begin a new program providing peer mentorship services" to those who have been released from custody and are under the supervision of a parole or probation department, or other person at risk of becoming involved in criminal activities.  Letters of Intent must be submitted by noon on October 20th to

For more information about Probation's Community Recidivism Reduction Grant, visit Probation's website.

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Truckee Library Fundraiser Hosts Susan Hildreth to Speak on "Libraries of the Future"

Friends of the Truckee Library is thrilled to host Susan Hildreth, a national authority on the evolving and critical role of public libraries in communities across the country. Hildreth will be speaking on "Public Libraries of the Future" on Saturday, Oct 21 from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Donner State Park Emigrant Trail Museum in Truckee.  The event is a fundraiser for a new library in Truckee and will begin with a "meet and greet" with beverages and delicious hors d'oeuvres catered by Marty's Café and Provisions. Guests can also enjoy informal tours of the new Emigrant Trail Museum with State Park staff.  Hildreth's engaging presentation will follow and demonstrate the role of the library in sustaining the educational, economic and civic heath of a community.  This will be followed with a question and answer session. 

Some of Ms. Hildreth's accomplishments include: 

  • Presidential appointee as Director if the Institute of Museums and Libraries 2011-2015
  • Gubernatorial appointee as California State Librarian 2004-2009
  • Current Gates-funded Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the University of Washington Information School
  • Current Fellow in the Aspen Institute Dialogue on the Future of Public Libraries
  • On a local note, early in her career, Hildreth was Placer County Librarian and is very familiar with our regional communities

Nevada County has long supported its public libraries and this is a wonderful opportunity for those who love libraries and appreciate the values that a vibrant, community library represents.  A dynamic and beloved community library says a lot about the community in which it lives. 

Tickets to the event are available to purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets. For more information on the event, please call (530) 314-9368.

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Egg Producers Workshop, October 12th

The Nevada County Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), will be hosting a FREE one-day workshop for Small Egg Producers on October 12th, at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. This workshop is designed to educate small flock egg producers in Food Safety and Bio-security to ensure a safe and wholesome supply for the community, as well as disease prevention to protect California's egg industry.

Participants will learn about registration, labeling, washing, sizing, grading, refrigeration, as well as how to recognize defects. There will also be an interactive candling exercise to familiarize producers with candling eggs for grade and quality.

Reservation is required by calling (916) 900-5090 by Oct 9th, 2017. For further information, please contact the Nevada County Department of Agriculture at (530) 470-2690 or by email

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Gold Country Stage Free Fare Days, October 6th and 7th

Nevada County Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Gold Country Stage will provide "Free Fares" on all routes and will be operating normal schedules and times on Friday, October 6th, from 5:50 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 7th, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free fares for all.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider's Guide, on Nevada County Transit Services website, or by calling the office 530-477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information.

Gold Country Stage is available for folks traveling to the 2017 "Nevada County All Veteran's Stand Down" on Route 3. The Route 3 bus stop will be available at Brighton St. and McCourtney Rd. at :08 after the hour from 7:08 a.m. through 7:08 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:08 a.m. through 4:08 p.m. Saturday at the  Fairgrounds Stop. 


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Nevada County Reads & Writes Committee Announces 2018 Book Selection

The Nevada County Reads & Writes planning committee is pleased to announce the book selection for 2018, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Everything I Never Told You, published in 2014, is many things: a thriller and mystery, but also a look into suicide and mental health, expectations on oneself and family, race and culture in America, communication, and gender identity.

Programs and events including book clubs, speaker presentations, author panels, community education sessions and the annual high school writing contest in support of this selection will begin in January 2018.

Nevada County Reads & Writes is a county-wide program for the whole community. Sponsored by the Nevada County Community Library and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. It is an annual event in which the community is encouraged to read the same book and then participate in subject-related community events.

For more information, please contact Crystal Miles, Grass Valley Librarian, at (530) 470-2692.

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