Board Chairmanship 2013: Goals and Achievements

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It has been my honor and pleasure to chair the Board of Supervisors this past year, and I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to my colleagues on the Board now that my tenure is concluded. The accomplishments we have achieved together this year have been the result of collaboration and cooperation – not the work of just one person. Also, congratulations to Supervisor Don Knabe for assuming the gavel.

This year, the Board identified several priorities where improving accountability and transparency served as the underlying motivation. Now as I end my tenure as Chairman, I am hopeful that some of the work we have done will make a difference in how our constituents receive information about their county government.

On Tuesdays, during our regularly scheduled meetings, we have increased the number of public updates, adding ones from our departments of Health Services and Probation, the Jail Violence Commission Implementation Monitor and more recently from Children and Family Services. These updates are designed to inform the public of the status of significant public policy issues such as the county’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Public Safety Realignment, policing and incarceration practices and protection of the children under our responsibility.

One of this year’s accomplishments we can all embrace was the appointment of an inspector general for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. With the confirmation of Max Huntsman, a deputy supervisor in the Public Integrity Division at the L.A. District Attorney’s office we can be more assured that the chronic problems of inmate maltreatment at the hands of deputies will be dealt with in a manner that promotes greater accountability, constitutional policing and restores public confidence.

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Likewise, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, with its mandate to review all the county departments that deal with child welfare, will provide recommendations that I expect will ultimately result in structural, systemic changes that will protect our most vulnerable residents—children.

As Board Chairman, I also had the responsibility of chairing the meetings of the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee. Together we have worked hard to understand, to measure and to mitigate the impact of realignment – the mandated transfer of inmates from state prisons to Los Angeles County for supervision. Yet by far, it is our ongoing discussions about recidivism, how we define it and how we measure our success at re-entry that have and will be crucial to this effort.  We are looking forward to an annual report that documents the committee’s work and accomplishments this past year. I want to thank Mark Delgado and the committee’s staff for their work this year as well.

I also want to highlight our work on the First 5 L.A. Commission, where we were able to increase funding for early childhood education, develop resources for identifying early signs of autism in younger children and find more money for permanent housing for homeless families. The commission also established programs to help at-risk young fathers and young mothers learn parenting skills. I would like to thank Kim Belshe and the First 5 Commission staff.

I’d like to thank the Chief Officer, County Counsel, the Auditor-Controller and the rest of the County family for their work, patience and cooperation.

Thanks to Sachi Hamai and the staff of the Board Executive office for their support. Their standard of professionalism is one we came to appreciate even more over the course of the last year.

Finally, a very special thanks to the staff members of the Second District, for they have been exemplary and L.A. County is better for it.

A hallmark of our representative government, particularly at the local level, is the ability to turn over the reins of leadership seamlessly.  And while we bring to the chairmanship our own priorities and style, we do so mindful that while we may differ on matters of politics and policy we  uphold a tradition of civil discourse and informed deliberation.

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2012-2013 Board Priorities and Achievements


Children and Families Well-Being Priorities

• Pursue an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach on efforts to address human trafficking

• Support for more effective Transition Age Youth services

 

Achievements

• The Sex Trafficking Task Force created a Countywide response model to combat the sex trafficking of children

• In a joint motion with Supervisor Knabe, called for the State of California to increase criminal penalties for adults who either buy or attempt to buy sex with children by closing the loophole that allow “Johns” to avoid jail time and felony charges

• Departments of Mental Health and Children and Family Services are working together to clarify the Multi-Disciplinary Team recommendations to identify specific treatment services needed and agencies to provide these services within the youths’ neighborhoods
• Department of Public Health created a vetted substance abuse provider list and enhanced their electronic reporting system to identify Probation and DCFS youths who receive their services

• Youths with no substance abuse related court orders are screened for potential substance abuse issues

• Department of Public Social Services’ Pathway to Success program designed a four-week job readiness and job activity course for General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW) Transition Age Youth participants
• Community and Senior Services implemented a year-round subsidized employment program for low-income or foster/probation youth

• Department of Mental Health will increase psychiatric services that target adolescents by reducing emergency room crisis overcrowding and providing urgent care center access

• A tracking application was created to track outcome data electronically, which obtains data through an electronic interface with DCFS’ Child Welfare Services/Case Management System

Municipal Services and Capital Projects Priorities

• Develop and rationalize the County’s approach to economic development and low and moderate income housing efforts in the aftermath of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies

• Review seismic safety, security and efficiency of the Hall of Administration and develop options for modernization and possible replacement of the building

Achievements

• Community Development Commission and the CEO prepared the Affordable Housing and Economic Development Framework

• In a joint motion with Supervisor Molina, as amended, allocated $15M to the CDC to release an affordable housing Notice of Funding Availability with no less than half of the funds being allocated for homeless-special needs populations

• CEO completed the Phase 1 Building Evaluation Report of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration (HOA) which analyzed the HOA from an architectural, structural, seismic, mechanical, plumbing, life, fire safety and electrical standpoint

• CEO is in process of developing options for replacement of the HOA that will vary in size and cost

Health and Mental Health Priorities

• Implement health care reform

• Leverage MHSA to ensure that the County is making optimal use of the resources it receives

 

Achievements

• Establish goal to meet 300,000 enrollment by December 2013 into Healthy Way LA coverage program

• Established over 130 “Patient-Centered Medical Homes” throughout DHS sites

• Implemented the “Girls Health Screen”, a national health screening protocol for girls entering the County’s Probation camps

• Expand Countywide school-based health centers which are located on school campuses accessible to students and the community-at-large

• Nearing completion for facilities on the Martin Luther King, Jr. medical campus, including the Outpatient Center and the MLK Hospital

• County departments, including Public Health, Health Services, and Public Social Services continue to work on Health Care Reform implementation as well as on targeted outreach efforts

• Expand mental health services in multiple categories including Community Services and Supports, Prevention and Early Intervention and Innovations projects.

Public Safety Priorities

• Fully implement AB 109 realignment efforts within the resources established by the funding stream provided by the passage of Proposition 30

• Monitor implementation of the Citizens’ Jail Violence Commission recommendations

 

Achievements

• The departments of Probation, Mental Health and Health Services have co-located at the Pre-Release Center to screen Post-release Supervised Persons’ files before their release to identify potential service needs

• Deputy Probation Officers have been assigned to liaison with several local law enforcement agencies for compliance check operations and absconder searches, leading to the development of a “Best Practices and Guiding Principles” policy

• The Public Safety Realignment Team and the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee have established a Countywide definition of recidivism which, in consultation with independent experts, will be used to measure program outcomes

• Approved a 3-phase program to implement recommendations of the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence totaling $89 million and the hiring of 278 positions

• Hired Max Huntsman as the Inspector General with LASD oversight responsibilities.


Operations Priorities

• Promote effective development of Information Technology and telecommunications

• Reform and review contracting processes to ensure more effective calendaring and standardized language

Achievements

• County departments continued their virtualization effort, and approximately 80% of the servers are virtualized with over 300 old servers decommissioned

• The departments of Parks and Recreation, Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures, Probation, Auditor-Controller, Regional Planning and Public Defender successfully migrated to the centralized email system

• New mobile sites for the departments of Human Resources and Consumer Affairs have been launched, and the departments of Probation, Animal Care and Control and Health Services launched new websites using the County’s shared portal infrastructure

• County departments collaborated to develop a Countywide Contract Management System application that is integrated with the County’s enterprise financial and procurement system

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