A BRIEF SUMMARY of PROGRAMS, GRANT FUNDING & LEADERSHIP
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved the concept of the Community Services Council (CSC) to oversee the coordination, research and development of policies affecting service delivery in Siskiyou County and to function as the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC).
The CSC secured 3-1/2 years of Small Counties Initiative funding in the amount of $410,000, to support development of the Family Resource Network. Beginning with 3 Family Resource Centers (FRC’s), the CSC worked in partnership with First 5 Siskiyou and multiple communities to develop and build capacity in an additional 7 FRC’s.
The CSC became a 501(c.) 3 corporation with the majority of originally designated board members continuing to serve on the new board.
The CSC received a 4-year grant from The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) in the amount of $200,000 (later increased to $250,000 over 6 years) to develop the first evidence-based, countywide parenting education program in the county. The CSC also began implementation of the “Family Based Relapse Prevention,” program throughout the county.
The CSC worked closely with Siskiyou County Behavioral Health Services to initiate the Mental Health Services Act Program – Prop 63 (MHSA) and increase access to mental health service and supports in communities throughout Siskiyou County.
The CSC received an 18-month planning grant from The California Endowment (TCE) to conduct a community planning process for coordination and establishment of a multi-disciplinary continuum of enhanced alcohol and drug services.
As a result of the planning grant from TCE, the CSC received a 5-year, $625,000 federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant. The goal of the DFC grant was to reduce substance use with a primary focus on youth prevention. Local DFC coalitions were formed and trained on a research-validated “Strategic Prevention Framework” process for local implementation.
CSC opened the Oxford House, sober-living home providing housing for up to 6 residents. As the original intent of the Oxford House becoming self-sustaining was never reached, the facility was closed in April 2016 after several unsuccessful attempts to identify a more suitable fiscal agent/administrator.
The Siskiyou County BOS reaffirmed the role of the CSC in “overseeing the coordination, research and development of policies affecting the service delivery in Siskiyou County and in this capacity will serve as advisory to the BOS.” Additionally, the BOS affirmed that it is the policy of the Board to support a community-based model for services delivery in Siskiyou County.
CSC received a $595,000 grant from TFFF for the Siskiyou Strong Families-Strong Communities program, to initiate a 3-year child abuse prevention, early intervention and community engagement effort.
The CSC was awarded a grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) in the amount of $75,000 to support the work of a task group formed by the Siskiyou Healthcare Collaborative to “Advance Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration through Community Collaboration.” As a result of a successful planning process, the CSC was awarded 2nd round funding in the Fall of 2015, from BSCF in the amount of $93,000 to continue project implementation and a 3rd round of funding in 2017 for $149,000 to support 2 additional years of work.
The CSC received a grant from TFFF in the amount of $258,000 for Stabilization and Capacity Enhancement of the FRC Network. Work began on training, consideration and evaluation of various options in early 2015. By early 2016 the independent family resource centers began a merger process separate from the CSC.
Upon the resignation of Executive Director Jill Phillips, Kathy Suvia was appointed as Executive Director.
CSC hired staff for administration and oversight of all programs that had previously been done through contract with Shasta Training & Consulting, a management corporation.
CSC became a lead partner and administrative entity for the Siskiyou Anti-Trafficking Coalition (SATCo). Efforts have been focused on increasing community awareness and identifying local prevention strategies.
CSC was asked to partner with Siskiyou Child Care Council (SCCC) in the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training. CSC staff members were invited to become trainers and completed the certified course.
CSC partnered with local health and emergency services providers in the Siskiyou Against Rx Abuse (SARA) to target opioid abuse. CSC was awarded a grant from California Department of Public Health in the amount of $52,498 to support the efforts of SARA, a subcommittee of the Siskiyou Healthcare Collaborative.
CSC recognized the need to bring increased awareness to the issue of poverty as a root cause of child abuse in Siskiyou County. Partnering with The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) the CSC convened a number of local leaders and service providers to further educate everyone about the impact of poverty. Through this convening it became clear that childhood hunger was one of the most critical pieces of the poverty puzzle. Plans for 2018 include further development of the coalition’s structure, mission and goals as well as increasing the coalition’s membership..
CSC was selected to participate in a National Association of Counties (NACo) Rural Impact County Challenge Program and receive professional community coaching throughout 2018. The ten counties selected nationwide will be working towards reducing the number of rural children living in poverty.