The County of Santa Clara
California

Ordinance
90283
Adopted (Final)
Apr 3, 2018 9:30 AM

Adoption of Salary Ordinance No. NS-5.18.100 amending Santa Clara County Salary Ordinance No. NS-5.18 relating to compensation of employees adding one Rehabilitation Counselor position in the Office of Supportive Housing.

Information

Department:Office of Supportive Housing (Office of the County Executive)Sponsors:
Category:Ordinance - Salary

Multiple Recommendations

                            Action to Introduce and Preliminarily adopt on March 20, 2018; Roll Call Vote to waive reading, Roll Call Vote to adopt.

                            Action for Final Adoption on April 3, 2018; Roll Call Vote to adopt.

Body

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS

There will be no new impact to the General Fund as a result of the recommended actions.  The cost of one Rehabilitation Counselor position will be $129,475 on an annual basis and will be covered by funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This funding will be made available through the County’s Office of Reentry Services beginning in Fiscal Year 2018-19 as the term of the agreement with the CDCR is from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. Although the grant funding becomes available on July 1, 2018, the Office of Supportive Housing will begin recruiting for this position so that work can begin on or soon after the funding becomes available.  To the extent the position is filled in the current fiscal year, it will be funded with existing salary savings.  The Office of Supportive Housing will coordinate with the Office of Reentry Services (both within the Office of the County Executive) to incorporate this into the respective departments’ base budget for FY 2018-19.

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

Approval of the salary ordinance amendment will allow the Office of Supportive Housing to assist homeless and unstably housed parolees who utilize services at the Reentry Resource Center. The CDCR is providing funds to the County to continue the Parolee Reentry Services Program (Program) at the RRC to serve parolees within Santa Clara County.

The Program provides a one-stop resource center where parolees access reentry services such as transitional housing, substance use counseling, case management services, battered prevention services, food assistance, clothing, general assistance, health benefit enrollment, and linkages to faith-based resource centers.

The Rehabilitation Counselor position will prepare housing service linkages for the program participants, process housing referrals from Parole Agents, and comply with new data requirements from CDCR. The key tasks for this position will include:

·        Assist with processing housing intake assessments and referrals to housing programs.

·        Develop and provide housing workshops for parole clients.

·        Identify, organize, maintain and disseminate housing information conducive to long term recovery and stable housing.

·        Mentor the parolee in disclosing appropriate information regarding past convictions and/or parole status when attempting to secure housing. 

·        Create housing and placement plans with each parolee based on his/her goals and needs related to housing.

Employee Services Agency (ESA) supports the recommended action.

BACKGROUND

On June 21, 2011, the Board of Supervisors approved the cross-system Reentry Network to identify reentry and recidivism strategies, streamline processes to link inmates to effective in-custody and community-based programming, and prepare Santa Clara County for the realignment of parolees and low-level prisoners. The enactment of AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, shifted state prisoners to California counties where they will serve their jail sentences. This legislative change created an opportunity for the County to modify systems and protocols to accommodate a new offender population and create new strategies while learning from the experience of the first year of AB 109 implementation.

On February 25, 2014, the Board approved establishment of the Parolee Reentry Services Program at the RRC. The first agreement was executed on March 18, 2014 to June 30, 2015, with CDCR revenues and expenses of $787,674 for FY 2014 and $1,793,892 in FY 2015.  On January 27, 2015, an amendment was approved to extend the first agreement to June 30, 2016 with CDCR revenues and expenses of $1,793,892. The Board approved a second agreement on June 7, 2016 to provide services to parolees from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018 with CDCR revenues and expenses of $3,587,784.

Meeting History

Mar 20, 2018 9:30 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED (PRELIM.) [UNANIMOUS]Next: 4/3/2018 9:30 AM
MOVER:Ken Yeager, Supervisor
SECONDER:Mike Wasserman, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, S. Joseph Simitian
Apr 3, 2018 9:30 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED (FINAL) [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Cindy Chavez, Vice President
SECONDER:Mike Wasserman, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, S. Joseph Simitian