The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors reinforces its commitment to the early detection of breast cancer and specifically addressing the imaging needs of patients with dense breast tissue. On a proposal from County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Sylvia Arenas, the Board directed County staff to take action in early 2024 with options to improve the availability of diagnostic imaging to County residents.
First North County health clinic to be established. Supervisors approve $18.5 million allocation for North County health clinic improvements.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the County of San Mateo to move forward with the Realize Flood Park project as part of the Stanford recreational grant program. Flood Park is an 86-year-old park in Menlo Park and one of seven projects that was designated for funding by Santa Clara County’s Stanford Mitigation Fund (SMF) in 2020. The SMF is restricted to projects that aim to mitigate the loss of recreational facilities for campus residents and facility users due to development on the Stanford University campus resulting from approval of the 2000 Stanford General Use Permit.
To better understand the mental health challenges facing youth today, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian held a panel discussion that brought together experts in the mental health field as well as youth mental health advocates. Titled, “Understanding Our Kids: Youth Mental Health and the Road to Resilience,” the discussion focused on how to identify and prevent a mental health crisis, the availability of County and community mental health services for families in crisis, and the benefits of peer-to-peer support systems.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian joined the City of Mountain View and the Magical Bridge Foundation at a groundbreaking celebration for an all-inclusive playground at Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue. The Magical Bridge Playground at Rengstorff Park is anticipated to open in fall 2024.
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal aiming to assess and respond to older adult mental health needs in the County. County staff will analyze programs currently available for older adults to access mental health care, and provide recommendations on how those programs can better address the unique challenges older adults are facing.
We need to do more to help veterans take advantage of available benefits and services. I’m gratified colleagues on the Board of Supervisors agreed, approving my proposal, made together with Supervisor Otto Lee, to increase staffing at Santa Clara County’s Veterans Service Office (VSO), an agency established in 1944 and co-funded by the state and county.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to augment funding for mobile dental services for the County’s resident veterans as part of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget. This action was brought forward by County Supervisor Joe Simitian and co-authored by County Supervisor Otto Lee, and looks to provide relief to over 64,000 veterans living in Santa Clara County.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors honored longtime community health leader Luisa Buada as she retires as Chief of Executive Officer of Ravenswood Family Health Network, which provides primary and preventative care services designed to reach underserved, uninsured and low-income families in northern Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County.
Santa Clara County and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District complete first step toward the development of a full-service County health clinic on the De Anza Community College campus in Cupertino. An initial feasibility study to bring a Valley Health Center clinic to the De Anza campus was presented to the Board of Supervisors. A community engagement process is scheduled for late 2023 and early 2024.