Santa Rosa, CA – May 7, 2019 – Today the County of Sonoma was
recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) with two Achievement
Awards for the Accessing Coordinated Care and Empowering Self-Sufficiency
(ACCESS) initiative and the Recovery and Resiliency Framework. The awards honor
innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
We are honored to be recognized for two Achievement
Awards which highlight our work as a county and community in response to
emergency and disaster,” said David Rabbitt, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Chair. “As we recover, the value of these programs continue to be a
beneficial tool for our residents.
NACo recognized theCounty’s
Recovery and Resiliency Framework in the category of Risk and Emergency
Management. The Framework will also receive the honor of Best in Category due
to its exceptional results and unique innovations.
We are grateful for this recognition and want to thank our
community partners, who helped us craft a vision of our community recovering
together and becoming more resilient in the future,” said Director of the Office
of Recovery and Resiliency Michael Gossman. “The creation of the Framework
reflects a true community effort in the face of disaster.
The Recovery and
Resiliency Framework was developed in response to the 2017 October Wildfires to
identify goals, actions, timelines, and essential partnerships necessary to
make progress towards five critical strategic areas – Community Preparedness
and Infrastructure, Housing, Economy, Safety Net Services, and Natural
Resources. The framework also
incorporates post-fire response activities, challenges and opportunities,
public input received, completed actions, and a community led vision for each
Sonoma County was
also recognized by NACo for
the ACCESS Sonoma County Initiative in the Health Award category
for its collaborative work among the County’s safety net departments—Health
Services, Human Services, Community Development Commission, Child Support
Services, Probation Department, and criminal justice partners.
Receiving this award from NACo
recognizes our collaborative efforts among various agencies and that’s what
makes the County special,” said Karen Fies, Director of the Sonoma County Human
ACCESS has the goal of
identifying the most vulnerable residents in the community—those experiencing
ongoing unemployment, homelessness and housing insecurity, behavioral health
and substance use issues, and who also may receive services that intersect with
agencies in the criminal justice system—and helps them receive the support they
work done by our various safety departments is imperative for vulnerable
residents who, through ACCESS, can take steps to becoming self-sufficient
leading to positive outcomes,” said David Koch, Chief Probation Officer of the
Sonoma County Probation Department.
Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’
quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs
demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across
awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast,
comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and
youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health,
civic engagement and many more.
recognize award-winning counties at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition
July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.
Started in 1970,
NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county
government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not
against other applications received.