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County puts money toward social services

Mike Pottage

El Dorado County Supervisors Tuesday approved a $1.43 million program to provide treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse.

Services will be provided through a contract with the state and El Dorado Public Health Department.

The funds will flow to Tahoe Youth and Family Services, EDCA Lifeskills in Placerville, New Morning Youth & Family Services, Sierra Recovery Center, Counseling Services Unlimited and Family Connections El Dorado, Inc.

The contract, Public Health Director Gayle Erbe-Hamlin told supervisors, will enable the county to participate in federal substance abuse prevention and treatment. It also will support Teen Drug Court, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities, Club Live and Friday Night Live, the California Mentor Initiative and Cal WORKS.

El Dorado County has to contribute $18,349 as its share of the $1.43 million total.

Friday Night Live was the subject of a separate board action Tuesday. The program received a two-year grant of $27,500 to support a team mentor project.

Friday Night Live has been active in El Dorado for about eight years. In this new effort, high school teens will be selected and trained to build positive relationships with middle school youngsters to carry messages about choices and activities. El Dorado was one of four counties selected for the pilot program.

In a separate action, supervisors approved the use of $82,600 in Mangini v. R.J. Reynolds lawsuit proceeds to be used by the Tahoe Youth and Family Services and EDCA Lifeskills to support anti-smoking campaigns aimed at teens.

Mangini is commonly referred to as the “Joe Camel Settlement.”

The money will be used to development programs to teach youngsters about advertising that targets them, about environmental factors that entice teens to start smoking, and about the dangers of smoking, tobacco and addiction.

Supervisors Tuesday also approved the signing of contracts to provide $1.48 million for senior nutrition and special services programs.

Part of this funding is a $643,043 contract with the California Department of Aging to support programs for senior citizens.

Supervisors approved a $39,360 program to help people living at the poverty level upgrade their property by protecting it against the weather.

Finally, supervisors agreed to sign up for a program to provide mental health services to seriously emotionally disturbed children of families that are at least 250 percent below the poverty line, but still do not qualify for Medi-Cal.

This program will be supported by the state and federal government. The agreements are between the Mental Health Department, Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Health Net. The program is required by state law.

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