Homelessness can be reduced–and Lane County has a plan to do it. by Pat Farr

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

 

The Poverty and Homelessness Board (PHB) provides advice to the Board of County Commissioners and the intergovernmental Human Services Commission with the goal of reducing and preventing poverty and homelessness in Lane County.

Operation 365 was part of the Poverty and Homelessness Board's strategy to reduce homelessness in Lane County.

Operation 365 was part of the Poverty and Homelessness Board’s strategy to reduce homelessness in Lane County.

It assists the development of the delivery of housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are impoverished or homeless improving their stability. It assists to maximize the allocation of local, state and federal funds made available for this purpose. It serves as the administrative board for the Lane County Community Action Agency and as the oversight board for the Lane County Continuum of Care.

On Thursday August 25, 2016, PHB Chair Pat Walsh, PHB member Mayor Kitty Piercy,  PHB Staff Steve Manella and Pearl Wolfe joined me in a discussion with Register Guard Editorial Board Jack Wilson and Ilene Aleshire about the makeup and strategies of the PHB.  They published an article in Sunday August 28, 2016 Register-Guard:  “Intractable, but not impossible” which gives the reader good insights about the PHB strategic plan to reduce homelessness in Lane County.

See the entire PHB Strategic Plan here.

Lane County Board of Commissioners agenda for August 2, 2016. by Pat Farr

Sunday, July 31st, 2016
Lane County Courthouse, home of Lane County Government, in 1908

Lane County Courthouse, home of Lane County Government, in 1908

To see the agenda for Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting August 2, 2016 click here.   This link includes links to all materials provided to the board for discussion.

To see all past agendas including links to all agenda material click here.

Messages or thoughts?  Contact me at pat.farr@co.lane.or.us

 

Open and accountable government: see what Lane County Commissioners are doing or have done. by Pat Farr

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

 

No secrets:  Lane County Commission actions and meetings are available online.

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

Board of Lane County Commissioners, Faye Stewart, Pat Farr, Sid Leiken, Jay Bozievich and Pete Sorenson

To view a meeting in progress or to replay archived and recent webcasts of meetings, visit:http://apps.lanecounty.org/webcast/default.aspx

To see upcoming agendas as well as recent and archived agendas (including links to details of all agenda items) visit: http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/BCC/Pages/AgendaHome.aspx

To see all passed orders, actions, ordinances and resolutions visit: http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/BCC/Pages/2016Orders.aspx.

I welcome questions and comments via email:  pat.farr@co.lane.or.us ; US mail:  Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene OR 97401; or phone call:  541-682-4203.

 

Recent Eugene Area Net Partisan Swing Margins

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Partisan swing margins in recent Lane County contests can be seen here.

Recent Co. Comm. Vote Percentages

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Recent Lane County Commissioner vote percentages can be seen here.

Lane Board Job Performance Trend in Eugene

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Lane County Board of Commissioners’ job performance trend in Eugene can be seen here.

Countywide Lane Board Job Performance Trend

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

How would you rate the job Lane County Board of Commissioners is doing?

For complete poll results, click here.

Farr Performance Improves Over 2012 Landslide Win

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Pat Farr’s vote percentages from 2012 and 2016 can be seen here.

Promises made, promises kept: Lane County tackles public safety needs. by Pat Farr

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Lane County Commissioners will address serious public saferty needs when we pass the 2016-2017 budget this year.

Sherriff Byron Trapp outlines additional beds and mental health specialists for the Lane County Jail

Sherriff Byron Trapp outlines additional beds and mental health specialists for the Lane County Jail

After passing the Sheriff’s levy in 2013, voters were promised rigorous standards in keeping dangerous criminals off the streets. We have exceeded the promises made to the voters, while responsibly managing taxpayer resources. The levy was approved to fund a minimum of 255 local adult jail beds and additional services for youth offenders. Currently, there are 317 local jail beds – exceeding the minimum promised by 62 beds, with an additional five to open in 2016.

The additional local jail beds funded by the levy have reduced capacity-based releases (CBRs) by 65 percent and eliminated the pre-trial release of violent, Measure 11 offenders.

Lane County Commissioners will now consider reducing the existing levy rate and continuing to operate the jail more efficiently than anyone thought possible.

Reasons for the proposed levy rate reduction:

  • Lane County property tax revenue and state corrections funding have increased more than anticipated.
  • The County has provided $6.5 million more General Fund support for the jail than anticipated. This is due to unanticipated Secure Rural Schools payments for two additional years following the passage of the levy. (The Secure Rural Schools program has since ended.)
  • The hiring process at the jail to fill levy-funded positions has taken longer than anticipated, saving money.

Sheriff Byron Trapp shared that “our community put great faith in us when they approved the levy. We want to show them that we are being responsible with their money and continuing to provide the services we promised. Every dollar counts to our residents and families.”

Additional public safety needs will be addressed:

At the Budget Committee meeting on May 2, County administrator Steve Mokrohisky and Sheriff Byron Trapp outlined plans to address the burgeoning needs in behavioral health, including mental illness and substance abuse.

In addition to keeping more sentenced violent criminals behind bars, the Commission will consider using general fund dollars to add three full-time mental health specialists and an additional parole and probation officer to the jail staff to ensure that people suffering from behavioral health disorders will receive adequate treatment and complete their sentences while reducing their likelihood of returning to courts and jail.

Treating behavioral health needs, including substance abuse, will create a path to reducing crime and helping affected men and women enjoy more productive and satisfying lives.

 

Behavioral Health is a key focus of Lane County Government. by Pat Farr

Monday, April 4th, 2016
Private, public and non profit agencies combine resources to provide behavioral health care

Private, public and non profit agencies combine resources to provide behavioral health care

Behavioral health often begins with treatment for addictions. At the ribbon-cutting grand opening of the Serenity Lane Campus in Lane County, I am standing with Leann–who will be an intern at the new facility, helping men and women overcome addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Behavioral health and physical health are inseparable. Lane County Government operates six Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s) that team with private and nonprofit centers to provide physical and behavioral health in the same facilities.

Lane County uses federal, state and local funding and other resources to provide mental health care

Lane County uses federal, state and local funding and other resources to provide mental health care