Supervisors expected to approve allocation |

Supervisors expected to approve allocation

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the allocation of Tahoe Opportunity Project funds to the Sierra Recovery Center and the Family Resource Center Tuesday.

The state of California gave the county $672,802 to fund the Tahoe Opportunity Project, a program to assist mentally disabled people who are homeless or who at risk of being homeless in the South Shore area.

The Sierra Center is expected to receive $138,740 and the Family Center is expected to receive $30,000.

Phil Middleton, the county mental health program manager in South Lake Tahoe, said all of the participating organizations should play equally important roles in the program. The Sierra Center is receiving more money because it is expected to provide more services to program participants.

“The Sierra Recovery Center is going to provide one full-time drug and alcohol counselor and a six-bed transitional house and detox services as well as alcohol and drug residential treatment services,” Middleton said. “They are providing a wider range of resources for our clients, but every participant is providing something unique.”

The program began accepting participants last week and already has two people enrolled. Middleton said the Tahoe Opportunity Project has a list of possible candidates for the program, but because most of them are homeless, they are difficult to contact.

“We have about 20 people who have come to our attention, but these are people we have to find,” Middleton said. “We have to approach them. It is a voluntary program. They can say no. Our job is to go out there and find them and sell them on the program.”

Middleton said he is excited the Tahoe Opportunity Project is under way but said the program may face pressure in its initial stages from the state.

“There is a lot of excitement but there is a lot of stress too,” Middleton said. “It is difficult to create a program from scratch. We’re under some pressure to get some numbers for the state department of mental health and get some people enrolled.”

Other agenda items for the Board of Supervisors Tuesday:

n The El Dorado County Supervisorial Boundary Study Committee is expected to submit the Pollock Pines and Strawberry redistricting proposals to the board with a letter of recommendation.

n The El Dorado County Department of Transportation will request the Board of Supervisors allow the DOT to begin taking bids form contractors for the Pioneer Trail erosion control and bike lane project, which is expected to begin in the middle of July.

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