Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol advisory committee has an opening. by Pat Farr

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

 

I have served on the Mental Health Advisory/Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee for the past 2-1/2 years.  This high impact committee is a board of professional private and public care providers (plus me) who take the work of giving the Board of County Commissioners expert advise on how to best serve their clients and those in need of service while using resources as effectively as possible.

The Lane County Public Service Building, site of Harris Hall.  The City of Eugene is currently leasing space in the building while City Hall is reconstructed.

The Lane County Public Service Building, site of Harris Hall. The City of Eugene is currently leasing space in the building while City Hall is reconstructed.

The work ranges from reviewing strategic planning and operational tactics to identifying new effective ways to provide cures and treatment.  I have listed the current opening on the committee below.  If you’re interested you would join certificated professionals and clients in this important line of work.  For more on the committee work click here.

POSTED:

DATE:        July 16, 2015

SUBJECT: MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY / LOCAL ALCOHOL AND DRUG PLANNING COMMITTEE

CONTACT:  Diana Avery, 541-682-8781

The Lane County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the Lane County Mental Health Advisory/Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee (MHA/LADPC).  Committee members’ responsibilities, in addition to serving on the MHA/LADPC, may include serving on a steering committee and will require two daytime meetings per month.  People with interest and background in mental health, developmental disabilities, and addiction issues are encouraged to apply.

MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY/LOCAL ALCOHOL & DRUG PLANNING COMMITTEE:  Advises the Board of Commissioners and Health & Human Services Department on matters relating to mental health, developmental disabilities, and addiction issues in Lane County by reviewing major policies of the community mental health program and makes recommendations to the Director and assists in identifying needs and priorities.

METING SCHEDULE:  Monthly, third Wednesday of the month at 2:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.  In addition, the successful applicant may also volunteer to serve on the MHA/LADPC steering subcommittee which will entail attendance at that meeting one or two times per month.

VACANCIES:  Three (3) lay-member position representatives of the community with a specific interest and knowledge in mental health, developmental disabilities, and/or addictions issues is open at this time.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:  Four-year term

MEMBERSHIP:  Thirteen (13).

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, August 17, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

People representing the diversity of our community are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at www.lanecounty.org/volunteer and in the Board of Commissioners’ Office located on the 2nd floor of the Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue, Eugene.

To request an application by mail, please call 541-682-4203.

 

How is Lane County doing its job?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

How well is Lane County doing in the following areas:

– Fighting crime
– Maintaining roads
– Spending its budget
– Supporting economic growth
– Protecting the environment

For complete poll results, click here.

Lane County has a plan in case of emergencies. by Pat Farr

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

 

 

Earthquakes?  Tsunamis?  Volcanoes?

In the event of the unimaginable, Lane County Commissioners have a plan.

Lane County logo blue

On June 2, 2015, the Lane County Board of Commissioners conducted a work session on various aspects of emergency preparedness and response by Lane County government in general, the Board and the County Administrator. In addition to the entire Board, Linda Cook, Emergency Manager and Steve Mokrohisky, County Administrator (CAO) attended and participated in the work session.

During the work session the Board identified a number of areas that it wanted discussed and evaluated at another Board meeting:

  1.    1.  A review of Board procedures to make certain that none of the measures taken by the Board are in conflict with the existing Lane County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP);
  2.    2.  Draft and approve a Board Order (BO) to meet the requirements of ORS 476.280;
  3.    3.  Create a template, and fill in as many of the blanks as possible in advance, for the Declaration of Conflagration (and associated BO);
  4.    4.  Agree upon in advance a procedure for calling emergency meetings and notifications for such meetings required by natural or manmade emergencies;
  5.    5.  Create a BO delegating authority for the CAO to expend and commit county resources in the event of an emergency;
  6.    6.  Consider creating an automatic review process that would bring these emergency procedures before the Board each year, possibly in January, for review, possible modification and renewal;
  7.    7.  Determine which emergency preparedness procedures require Board action and which procedures can be implemented by the CAO using the Lane County Administrative Procedures Manual (APM); and
  1. Decide if the Board will pass BO’s with different authority for different emergencies depending upon the nature of the emergency or general BO’s that apply to all emergencies.

 

 

Lane County Commissioners are discussing the plan and the report back from the emergency management team on July 21 2015.  For the entire agenda item click here.

 

 

Lane County Commissioner Job Performance Trend

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Lane County Commissioners’ job performance trend can be seen here.

Tiny Homes can build equity and provide very affordable places to live. by Pat Farr

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

I will be speaking at Eugene’s City Club tomorrow about a promising new (for our area) concept in affordable housing.

This example of a tiny home shows that they can look dignified and fit into any neighborhood...

This example of a tiny home shows that they can look dignified and fit into any neighborhood…This example does not represent designs being considered for EVE…its homes will be on foundations as opposed to wheels…

Dubbed “Emerald Village Eugene” (EVE), this project will provide permanent housing ranging from 120 to 250 square feet for small households of one to three individuals. The monthly payment, including all utilities and fees, is projected to be in the range of $225 to $275/month. Unlike most affordable housing projects, however, the residents will not be renters. Instead, they will be members of a housing cooperative that owns the facilities.

The panel of speakers includes (sic): Speakers: Pat Farr, County Commissioner and member of the Poverty and Homelessness Board of Lane County; Andy Heben, Project Director, SquareOne Villages, and author of Tent City Urbanism; and Dan Hill, co-founder, Arbor South Architecture, and Past President, Lane County Home Builders.  Go here for more information.

 

Temporary Rest Stops for Homeless Vets Even More Strongly Supported

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Do you support or oppose Lane County providing temporary “rest stops” for homeless veterans?

For complete poll results, click here.

Temporary Rest Stops for Homeless Strongly Supported

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Do you support or oppose Lane County providing temporary “rest stops” for homeless individuals?

For complete poll results, click here.

Vehicle Registration Fee Yes % by Eugene Ward

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The vehicle registration fee’s “yes” percentage, by Eugene ward, can be seen here.

Vehicle Registration Fee Yes % by Commissioner District

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The vehicle registration fee’s “yes” percentage, by county commissioner district, can be seen here.

Emergency response in Lane County now has a plan. By Pat Farr

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Lane County logo blue

In mid-July, on a very hot night in 2014, Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner called me—at about 2:30 am—to alert me of an emergency.  Wild fires were burning out of control throughout south and east Lane County and spreading into Douglas, Deschutes and Klamath Counties.

State and Federal elite and emergency fire fighters were being airlifted into our area to risk their lives controlling the conflagration.  They needed a place to assemble.  The place had to be central to the lightning strikes that were causing the fires and had to be accessible to helicopters and large pieces of equipment.  Bunking and sanitation facilities were desired.

Such a place existed: it was the mothballed Lane County Forest Work Camp at Alta, located in the Coast Mountains 35 miles southeast of Eugene.  The Sheriff was asking for my authority to grant access to the county facility.

Of course I said, “Yes,” and the facility was opened and the suppression and control began.  The only problem was:  I did not have the authority statutorily to grant the authority to the Sheriff to open the facility.  I was in violation of law and potentially subject to penalty.

But under the circumstances, of course I had done the right thing.  And maximum resource use happened and the fires were controlled far more quickly than if the camp had remained closed.

Emergencies happen without a plan.  In this case all involved parties praised the decision, but I still acted without authority.

We are currently developing an emergency plan that would delineate absolutely the chain of command in authorizing use of county resources and facilities in case of emerging disasters.