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Healthy and Safe Communities

Provide quality and equitable housing, health, and human services for all.

Why is Healthy and Safe Communities a Strategic Plan Pillar?

Sonoma County’s collective well-being and prosperity are impacted by ensuring that Sonoma County provides quality and equitable housing and public safety services, as well as health and human services for all.

Integrating Sonoma County’s System of Care:

Historically, the services provided by the County of Sonoma have been disparate and siloed. In April 2017, the Board of Supervisors prioritized strengthening the County’s Safety Net System, which identifies the most vulnerable residents and develops coordinated strategies to improve their well-being, self-sufficiency, and recovery.

Under the ACCESS initiative, Sonoma County’s Safety Net departments, including Department of Health Services, Human Services Department, Community Development Commission, Child Support, Public Defender, District Attorney, Probation, Sheriff’s Office, and community-based organizations, are actively working to integrate services to ensure that community members of Sonoma County receive coordinated care, no matter how the individual enters the Safety Net System. A common goal is to reduce homelessness through this collaborative system of care.

More information about ACCESS

Data-driven Results:

Sonoma County’s Safety Net departments will track the results of their work together using Results-Based Accountability (RBA) for key programs to establish common outcome measures. Performance measures will focus on whether consumers of services are better off as a result of the services, as well as help to identify equitable distribution of services and address disproportionate racial and social impacts.

Pillar Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Expand integrated system of care to address gaps in services to the County’s most vulnerable.

  • Objective 1: Seek legislation to eliminate barriers to data sharing between Safety Net departments (Human Services, Health Services, Community Development Commission, Probation, Child Support and others). 
  • Objective 2: Identify service gaps in the Safety Net system of services.
  • Objective 3: Create a “no wrong door” approach to services to encourage individuals to enter services.
  • Objective 4: Increase efforts to better integrate Health Action and Upstream Investments.

Goal 2: Establish equitable and data-driven distribution of services.

  • Objective 1: Safety Net departments will track results using result-based accountability (RBA) for key programs in each department to establish common outcome measures.
  • Objective 2: Develop dashboard tracking tools to collect data on common outcome measures across Safety Net departments.
  • Objective 3: Identify and address disproportionate racial and social impacts.

Goal 3: Increase housing development near transportation and services.

  • Objective 1: Identify two or three County-owned properties for housing options, partnering with developers and the community.
  • Objective 2: Create innovative funding sources for housing development.

Goal 4: Reduce homelessness by enhancing services based on coordination and collaboration.

  • Objective 1: Partner with cities to build a strategic plan for homeless strategies.
  • Objective 2: Reduce current homeless population by 10% annually.
  • Objective 3: Create a housing resource tool for Safety Net departments to efficiently assist residents with housing.

Goal 5: Continue to invest in public safety so that residents and visitors feel safe in our community.

  • Objective 1: Focus on cultural competency training and de-escalation training and techniques for County workforce.
  • Objective 2: Better integrate services and handoffs within the Safety Net departments.
  • Objective 3: Assess and determine the most appropriate community response program to respond to individuals in the community experiencing a psychiatric emergency, including an analysis whether to expand the Mobile Support Team.
  • Objective 4: Explore and expand detention alternatives with the goal of reducing the jail population and reducing recidivism.
  • Objective 5: Conduct outreach and engagement campaign with communities to build and strengthen community and law enforcement relationships, including education on the difference between calling 2-1-1 and 9-1-1.

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