There are individuals and families in Sonoma County that have significant and multiple needs for safety net services provided by county departments and lack sufficient access to services and opportunities to move toward resiliency, self-sufficiency and optimal well-being. While Sonoma County departments aim to serve the needs of the highest risk populations, currently no mechanism exists to identify and target the highest need, shared clients of multiple departments. Further, the County does not have strategies, processes, and systems to comprehensively integrate, coordinate and evaluate services that are needed and delivered to the highest need clients. Furthermore, there is significant unmet needs for behavioral health services in our community.
The Safety Net priority initiatives will focus on improving access to coordinated services to address critical service gaps and evaluating the effectiveness of these service delivery strategies. The Safety Net priority work will be addressed through coordination of three related initiatives: Project 301, Behavioral Health services, and Neighborhood services. These priority initiatives will coordinate across projects, and work in collaboration with other Board priorities, to develop an integrated system that aims to yield improved client well-being outcomes and improved efficiencies in the ways County departments and community partners use resources, develop partnerships, and deliver critical services.
The Safety Net services priority will leverage existing County, State, Federal and Private investments in ongoing efforts. Unmet need of resources required for the successful development, launch, and long-term, ongoing support for Safety Net services falls broadly into the following categories: cross-department administrative commitment, program and administrative staff support, in-kind department staff support for initiative development, legal consultation, data systems design and support, information technology systems and support, and infrastructure resources for co-located services.
County agencies are seeking in-kind technical assistance support from the Harvard Government Performance Lab and Berkeley California Policy Lab to support successful development and deployment of long-term, outcomes-oriented performance improvement goals of the Safety Net priority initiatives.
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