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.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian joined other local electeds for the groundbreaking of Homekey Palo Alto, an emergency interim shelter. The site will serve more than 200 people each year and provide supportive services, including counseling and vocational training. Homekey Palo Alto is partially funded by the County’s “Challenge Grant” program to combat homelessness, a program initiated by County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee.
A Santa Clara County grant to Parents Helping Parents will help support families raising children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The nonprofit will use County funding for a free mental health program designed to connect parents with other parents of children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and with licensed therapists.
Santa Clara County Veterans Service Office will soon be getting additional Veteran Service Representatives to help connect residents who are veterans with the services and benefits to which they are entitled.
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